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.
University of Montana administration; James Koch, University of Montana president; University of Montana President’s Lecture Series; Richard Drake; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
University of Montana Oral History Project, OH 408, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Koch, James, "James Koch Interview, May 31, 2006" (2006). University of Montana Oral History Project. 22.