Neil Bucklew Interview, May 22, 1986


Neil Bucklew


Bill Brown



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana-Missoula; Neil Bucklew, University of Montana president; University presidents; University administration; University leadership; University system funding, Montana

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 237-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:39:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_237_001.mp3; OH_237_001.pdf

Neil Bucklew Interview, May 22, 1986