George M. Dennison Interview, April 29, 2016


George M. Dennison


Robert "Bob" Rydell



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George Dennison discusses his tenure as president of the University of Montana-Missoula from 1990-2010, analyzing how higher education has changed in Montana during his time. Dennison questions increasing administrative consolidation in the Montana University System, and compares it to his time spent working in the Colorado University System. He recalls his difficulties working with and lobbying in the state legislature for university funding and struggling to establish the University’s autonomy. Dennison discusses questions of academic rigor, workforce development, and the importance of arts and humanities at the university level. He recalls the rape and sexual harassment controversies at the University of Montana, and analyzes the rising cost of college student debt. Dennison talks about the 2016 presidential race, Montana State University and University of Montana history, and the history of eugenics in Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana University System; Montana State University; University of Montana; Colorado University System; Marc Racicot; Brian Schweitzer; 4 Plus 2; Francis Bardanouve; Greg Gianforte; Western Governors University; Jon Krakauer; Common Course Numbering System; 6-Mill Levy; Mary Brennan Clapp; University of Montana history; Board of Regents; Bernie Sanders; Donald Trump; Eugenics

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 450-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:39:50 min.) digital + 1 transcript (36 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:39:50 minutes

Local Filename

OH_450_001.mp3; OH_450_001.pdf

George M. Dennison Interview, April 29, 2016