When General Electric first appeared on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, the company was lauded as a cornerstone of industrial might, a reputation it would hold for more than a century.
But now, with the digital revolution in full swing, the powerhouse of American ingenuity is searching for its place in a changing world, one where transformation will be key to survival.
"The largest taxi company in the world today (Uber) owns no vehicles, and the largest accommodations provider (Airbnb) owns no real estate," said Seth Bodnar, president of the University of Montana. "The largest media company, or one of the most impactful (Facebook), creates no content. This is a world full of disruptions."
By Martin Kidston
City Club Missoula - University of Montana President Seth Bodnar: UM will be bold
University of Montana President Seth Bodnar encountered a couple of surprises when he took the helm of the flagship last month.
"On the unequivocally good side, the passion for this place," Bodnar said.
A more challenging eye-opener? The distrust people have of public institutions such as UM, coupled with the flagship's responsibility to be clear and transparent -- and to be clear and transparent quickly.
"The complexity of meeting those objectives is tougher than I thought," Bodnar said.
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March: Missoula County Public Schools: Mark Thane (tentative)
April: State of the Community, Missoula
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