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Regent Angela McLean to address Montana Western Commencement

UMW News Bureau

Angela McLean

Montana Board of Regents member and University of Montana Western alumna Angela McLean will address the 114th graduating class at Montana Western on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

McLean, who earned a broadfield social sciences degree from Western Montana College (now the University of Montana Western) in 1994, was also honored with her alma mater’s 2009 Distinguished Service Award.

“I can’t think of anyone better suited to address our graduates,” Montana Western Chancellor Richard Storey said of McLean. “Angela is not only a graduate of this institution, she is also an accomplished teacher and educational administrator. Her familiarity with Montana Western, her professional experience and most importantly her passion and support for education will give our 114th graduating class an inspiring sendoff to the next stages of their lives.”

McLean graduated from high school in Twin Bridges, Mont. in 1989. After earning her undergraduate degree from Western Montana College, McLean earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Montana in 2000.

McLean taught at the middle and high school levels in Arlee and Anaconda, Mont. and currently teaches classes in the Anaconda Senior High School and in the Montana Tech of The University of Montana Jump Start program. In October 2007, McLean was named Montana 's Milken Educator.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer appointed McLean to the Montana Board of Public Education in 2006. She was elected the vice president in 2007, holding that post until her appointment to the Montana Board of Regents in 2010.

The 114th University of Montana Western Commencement will begin at 11 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus.