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PNW Chapter Event: Exploring the MT University System as an Economic Engine for Montana and the Entire Pacific Northwest

April 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-6

Please join us for:
An Evening Exploring the Montana University System as an Economic Engine for Montana & the Entire Pacific Northwest

Our Speakers Include: Seth Bodnar, President – University of Montana; Dr. Waded Cruzado, President – Montana State University; Clay Christian, Montana Commissioner of Higher Education
The Montana University System plays a catalyzing role in spurring economic development in Montana and across the greater Pacific Northwest. The U-system serves 45,000 students, graduates 9,000 students annually, employs over 8,000 people that inject $400M in wages into the economy, and is home to a $200M research enterprise that partners to tackle some of the most important issues impacting Montana’s economy and its citizens. Perhaps most importantly, the graduates of the Montana University System represent a vital and highly skilled labor resource for both the local and regional economies.

Come hear from esteemed leaders who help prepare this workforce of the future and learn about the role the Montana University System plays as a regional economic engine.

Seth Bodnar, President – University of Montana
Seth Bodnar started his role as the new President of the University of Montana in October 2018. Mr. Bodnar spent most of his professional career at General Electric (GE), most recently serving as a senior executive responsible for strategy and business transformation at GE Transportation, a global company with over 10,000 employees and approximately $5 billion in revenue. Before joining GE, he completed a distinguished military career, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and the U.S. Army’s First Special Forces Group. As a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets, he commanded a Special Forces detachment on multiple deployments around the world and later served as a special assistant to the commanding general in Iraq. Mr. Bodnar received a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating first in his class. He is a recipient of both the Rhodes and Truman scholarships and holds two masters degrees from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Waded Cruzado, President – Montana State University
Dr. Waded Cruzado has served as the President of MSU since 2010. In her role, she has reshaped the face and future of the state’s first land-grant institution and has been a champion of the land-grant’s mission of education, research and public outreach. MSU has set new student enrollment records under Dr. Cruzado’s leadership. MSU has also undertaken and completed numerous major construction projects under her tenure including the renovation of Bobcat Stadium, establishment of the new Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and construction of the new Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center. Dr. Cruzado is a native of Puerto Rico where she earned her Bachelor’s degree before coming to the US where she earned her Masters and PhD prior to embarking on a distinguished academic career. Dr. Cruzado sits on numerous Boards including the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, American Council of Education, and the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, an appointment by President Obama.

Clay Christian, Montana Commissioner of Higher Education
Clayton T. Christian has served as Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education since January 2012. He served six years as a member and chairman of Montana’s Board of Regents of Higher Education before assuming the chief administrative leadership post in the Montana University System. His previous experience was as a business executive with activities in title insurance and escrow services, real estate sales and development, and commercial land ownership and management. Born and raised in Montana’s Mission Valley, he is a graduate of the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance, Management and advanced studies in Economics.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Pacific Northwest Chapter of Montana Ambassadors


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