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Director of University Communications Appointment Announced

June 1, 2018

The University of Montana Western announced the appointment of Matt Raffety to the position of Director of University Communications.

Matt Raffety

“Matt Raffety is a great representative for the university,” said Chancellor Beth Weatherby. “In just one year, he has developed a deep understanding of the power of Experience One. His enthusiastic support of the accomplishments of our faculty, students and staff is contagious.”

Before joining Montana Western’s communications team as a media specialist, Mr. Raffety oversaw the creation of communications and public relations for the University of Montana’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences for seven years. For the CEHS, he also developed written materials for social media and educational outreach; designed and produced video, graphics, and animations for websites; managed ad campaigns to boost student applications; photographed scientific procedures and events; and collaborated with CEHS staff to write, submit and manage federal grants.

For the past four years, Mr. Raffety has also been a grant project manager for a research study developing educational video games. He has also taught web design, motion design and integrated digital art in the Media Arts program at UM. He received both his B.A. in Media Arts and M.F.A. in Media Arts-Integrated Digital Media from the University of Montana.

Mr. Raffety and his wife, Katie, are both natives of Dillon.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to share the success stories of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni with the community, state and across the country,” said Mr. Raffety. “I’m continually amazed at the accomplishments of the students here at Montana Western and how the Experience One program prepares them for their future careers and graduate school.”