University of Montana Western Chancellor Richard Storey has announced he will retire from the institution Aug. 2, 2014.
“Although it is difficult to leave Montana Western, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here working with outstanding colleagues and community members,” Storey said. “I am proud of the progress we have made together in establishing Montana Western as truly vital institution in Montana and across the region.”
Storey guided Montana Western through the implementation of Experience One, the university’s innovative scheduling program where students take one class at a time. In addition, during his tenure Montana Western’s enrollment has increased 44.3 percent.
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom said plans for hiring his replacement will be announced within the next month. Montana Western is an affiliate institution within the University of Montana system.
Storey came to Montana Western in July 2004 after serving as dean of the college and faculty at Colorado College. He holds a doctorate of philosophy in botany and plant physiology from the University of Oklahoma.
An avid fly fisherman, Storey and his family expect to stay in southwestern Montana. “We have fallen hard for Dillon and Beaverhead County. We love it here. And there are still a number of trout to be caught,” he said.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.