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Chancellor Michael Reid

Office of the Chancellor

The University of Montana Western

710 S. Atlantic Street

Dillon, MT 59725

Tel: (406) 683-7151

Location: Roe House 

Chancellor: Michael Reid, MBA

E-mail: [email protected]

Assistant to the Chancellor

Chancellor’s Cabinet

An Invitation from Chancellor Michael Reid

Welcome to the University of Montana Western, a remarkably different kind of university where you can get a world-class education surrounded by everything that makes Montana extraordinary.

Montana Western is unique because we are the only public, four-year institution in the nation that offers Experience One, where taking one course at a time allows our students to engage in authentic, experiential education that can’t be replicated under a traditional semester schedule. This structure allows our students and faculty to spend much of their class time with hands-on instruction in the field, lab, community, or classroom. An additional benefit to our unique instructional model is our award-winning faculty are able to focus on one small group of students at a time. This allows our students to get the most out of their educational experiences and apply them to solving real-world challenges.

Also, as the institution with the lowest tuition and fees of any four-year institution in the state of Montana, and the WUE program that provides out-of-state students from neighboring states with a significant discount on their cost of attendance, UMW offers an unparalleled value in education.

The result of this combination of individualized support, experiential learning, and affordability is that students at Montana Western complete what they start. Our focused approach to learning leads to more impactful educational experiences that make the most out of each student’s time and dollars spent on completing their degrees.

We invite you to explore the University of Montana Western’s remarkable difference and look forward to meeting you.

Warmest Regards,

Signature of Chancellor Michael Reid
The University of Montana Western


Michael Reid started with the Montana University System in March 2013 and has been at the University of Montana Western since July 2018. His educational background includes both an MBA and a BA in Finance from Utah State University.

Over his 30 years of administrative experience, he has served for 20 of them as a Vice President/Chancellor for Administration and Finance at institutions including Pueblo Community College, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Angelo State University, The University of Montana, Sierra Nevada College and The University of Montana Western. 

Although his background in higher education administration has often been centered on university operations and finances, he also has significant experience in facility master planning, capital construction, strategic planning, institutional forecasting and modeling, auxiliary operations and events management.

Michael and his wife, Shauna, are passionate about the outdoors and take frequent advantage of the incredible surroundings and activities available in the Dillon area.