Please join us in welcoming Seth Bodnar, President of the University of Montana, as our speaker.
President Bodnar currently serves as the 19th President for the University of Montana. He has deep roots in education as the son of two educators. Seth graduated first in his class from West Point, received both the Rhodes and Truman scholarships, and earned two masters degrees from the University of Oxford. He served as an assistant professor at West Point, where he taught economics, published research on economic development in conflict areas and mentored cadets applying for post-graduate scholarships.
Prior to his time on the faculty at West Point, Seth had a distinguished military career, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and the US Army’s First Special Forces Group. As a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets, he commanded a Special Forces detachment on multiple deployments around the world and later served as a special assistant to the Commanding General in Iraq. Seth continues to serve as an Army Reserve officer.
Before coming to UM, Seth was a senior executive at the General Electric Company, where he was responsible for long-term strategy and business transformation at GE Transportation, a global company with over 10,000 employees and approximately $5 billion in revenue.
His love for Montana bloomed while studying at Oxford, where he met fellow Rhodes scholar and his future wife, Chelsea Elander, a fifth-generation Montanan and native of Missoula. Chelsea is a pediatrician and a graduate of Hellgate High School, MSU-Bozeman, Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. Chelsea and Seth have three children.
Seth will tell us about his vision for the future of UM and how he plans to lead the various constituencies of the university to bring about that vision.