Neil Bucklew discusses his reasons for leaving his position as the President of the University of Montana (UM) for a new position as President of West Virginia University. He talks about the general responsibilities of university presidents and the specific responsibilities he had while president of UM. He recalls the goals he set when he started at UM and talks about the degree to which he believes he met those goals. Bucklew describes the long-range plan he developed for UM, the institution’s budget problems, and what pressing issues he feels his predecessor will need to address. He discusses the importance of building a relationship with Montana State Legislature and the constant battle to increase funding both from the state and from private donors.
University of Montana-Missoula; Neil Bucklew, University of Montana president; University presidents; University administration; University leadership; University system funding, Montana
University of Montana History Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)]
Bucklew, Neil, "Neil Bucklew Interview, May 22, 1986" (1986). University of Montana History Oral History Collection. 21.