13 Facts About Montana State

1. Montana State succeeded Martha Potvin, who in 2010 became the university's first female provost.

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2. Montana State appointed the university's first permanent female vice president, and by 2009 women outnumbered men among MSU's deans, five to four.

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3. Montana State was the second MSU president to die in office, and the second to die of heart failure.

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4. Montana State weathered a strike by clerical and administrative support staff in 1992.

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5. Montana State expanded alumni fund-raising programs, and pushed the MSU Foundation to redouble its fund-raising efforts.

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6. Montana State had served as MSU's Dean of Graduate Studies from 1979 to 1988, and then three one-year temporary appointments as Vice President for Academic Affairs while a fruitless nation search occurred for a permanent replacement.

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7. Montana State once more entered a severe economic downturn in the mid 1980s.

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8. Montana State faced a poor fiscal climate: The state was entering a decade-long depression brought about by a steep drop in commodity prices, the state's higher education system had grown too large and unwieldy, and Governor Thomas L Judge had established a blue-ribbon committee to close several of the state's colleges.

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9. Montana State was the first and the only Montanan to become president of MSU.

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10. Montana State continued Renne's policies largely barring from campus speakers who were not clearly in the political mainstream.

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11. Montana State was deeply committed to continuing Renne's educational plan, but declined to spend money on new buildings.

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12. Montana State lost the election, 51.4 to 48.6 percent, to incumbent governor Tim Babcock.

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13. Montana State took a leave of absence from the college to become Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs from 1963 to 1964.

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