James Koch Interview, May 31, 2006


James Koch


David Brooks



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James Koch describes his tenure as president of the University of Montana from 1986 to 1990. He discusses fiscal and enrollment issues, trimming some departments, and starting a bus tour to promote the University. Koch talks about establishing the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series, which features academics from around the world to speak on topics within their area of expertise. He recalls Professor of History Richard Drake’s efforts to locate interesting speakers for the series. Koch shares his views on grading, undergraduate curriculum, the construction of Washington-Grizzly Stadium, racism on campus, and his presidential duties. He discusses his decision to leave the University of Montana after four years to serve as president of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana administration; James Koch, University of Montana president; University of Montana President’s Lecture Series; Richard Drake; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Oral History Project, OH 408, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 408-016

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (59:58 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (25 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

59:58 minutes

Local Filename

oh 408-16.mp3; OH408-016.pdf

James Koch Interview, May 31, 2006