University of Montana Picks GE Executive As Next President

 

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — General Electric executive Seth Bodnar has accepted a preliminary offer to become the 18th president of the University of Montana.

Bodnar accepted the offer on Tuesday. The official start date for the new president is Jan. 1.

Bodnar was considered the nontraditional candidate among four finalists. He was the only one without a doctorate and his career is comprised of roughly six years at GE and eight years in the military, instead of a long tenure in higher education.

He’s a former Rhodes scholar with two master’s degrees from the University of Oxford in England.

The Montana Board of Regents is tasked with considering his contract in November.

Royce Engstrom, the former president, resigned in December.

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Jay Scott has an extensive news background. His prep school newspaper was voted #1 in the United States, and 3 years after graduation from Northwestern University, he anchored NBC Radio's national "News on the Hour" from Chicago. He has won statewide news awards in Illinois, Indiana, California, and Montana, and has won more "EB" awards (first and second) from the Montana Broadcasters Association then any other broadcaster. He has been a lecturer at Journalism Schools at Northwestern University, Columbia University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Montana. Jay Scott has served as play-by-play reporter for the Capital High Bruins and Helena American Legion baseball since 2000. Some prior career highlights include radio work for the Chicago Black Hawks, White Sox, Bears and Bulls, plus Northwestern University, Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and Carroll College. He has been the TV "voice" for the University of Montana and Carroll College as well. Jay was one of the first broadcasters in the U-S to web-stream high school games, beginning with Capital High in 2004. His games get regular hits from "coast to coast to Gulf coast," and all six other continents. He is also a veteran sports official, having worked high school, college and professional baseball, softball, basketball, football and hockey. He helped write national rules for high school baseball and softball. He has umpired a Montana High School state tournament in softball, and worked numerous playoff games in football. Jay also has had an active career in amateur theater. He appeared as Captain Keller in the Grandstreet Theater production of "Miracle Worker," and as also performed elsewhere as Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," Harold Hill in "Music Man," the Stage Manager in "Our Town," and Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind."

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