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Bodnar addresses changes at University of Montana during visit to Great Falls

Posted at 11:46 AM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 13:46:28-04

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar is taking his message statewide.

On Tuesday, he spoke to service club members at the Meadowlark Country Club in Great Falls.

Bodnar, who took over the top job at UM in January of 2018, said the University needs to do a better job of telling its story to combat declining enrollment.

Since he’s taken over, UM has worked to improve engagement with prospective students and their parents, he said. The University has also revamped its admission and recruiting office.

Bodnar said school leaders are preparing students for an uncertain future.

“That’s one of the things we’re squarely focused on at the University of Montana is how we are preparing students, not just for that first job out of school, which we’re going to do, we’re going to make sure our students are job ready on day one, but also that they are tomorrow-proof, that they’re able to adapt,” he said.

Bodnar said overall he was pleased with how higher education fared during the 66th legislative session in Montana, especially since lawmakers froze in-state tuition for students.