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The University of Montana faces "breathtaking" challenges in attempts to right the ship

March 9, 2017View for printing

As it began its search for a new University of Montana president in December, a panel of paid consultants and state regents asked the university's top administrators what qualities to look for in Royce Engstrom's replacement.

Mike Reid, vice president for administration and finance, offered a description similar to one Hunter S. Thompson used in his famous obituary for Richard Nixon. UM's next president should be able to smile while shaking your hand, Reid said, and then "twist the knife" with the other.

By Derek Brouwer

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