Royce C. Engstrom Interview, March 8, 2018


Royce C. Engstrom


Donna McCrea



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Royce Engstrom discusses his work as provost and president of the University of Montana (UM). He highlights UM 2020, which was the strategic plan for the University of Montana, his vision for the Global Leadership Initiative (GLI), and the expansion of research activity. Engstrom highlights academic programs created during his tenure at UM including climate change studies, data analytics, and systems ecology, and also the expansion of fundraising. Engstrom talks about Missoula College, including the importance of two-year education and the location of the new College building. Engstrom recalls the sexual assault problems at UM and his interest in addressing these with transparency and proactive solutions. He also reflects on the declining enrollment, budget cuts and layoffs during his tenure, and shares his reaction to being asked to resign. Finally, he shares his perspective on his leadership style and his legacy at UM.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 454-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

1:37:25 minutes

Local Filename

OH_454_002.mp3; OH_454_002.pdf

Royce C. Engstrom Interview, March 8, 2018