An Invitation from Chancellor Beth Weatherby.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to a remarkably different kind of university. Founded in 1893, Montana Western is an institution committed to teaching, learning and student success.
To further that commitment, our faculty and staff designed Experience One, an educational program unique in public higher education. Students here take one course at a time, allowing them not only to focus on a single area of exploration, but to engage in real-world, hands-on learning.
Our award-winning faculty members focus on one group of students at a time, frequently including learning experiences in the community, places of business, national parks, fields and streams. Our dedicated staff members ensure that Montana Western students receive guidance and support from day one.
The results, more than a decade after Experience One was created, are extraordinary. Students at Montana Western finish what they start. We lead the state in enrollment growth, percentage of courses completed, number of degrees, even in the average credit load that students take. All of this adds up to fewer wasted hours, fewer wasted dollars and greater learning. Our graduates are highly competitive, whether entering the job market or pursuing graduate studies.
All of this takes place in an extraordinary environment, the charming and lively town of Dillon, which is surrounded by the beautiful mountain ranges and valleys of southwest Montana and on the western edge of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
We invite you to explore the University of Montana Western’s remarkable difference and look forward to meeting you.
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Dr. Beth Weatherby became the 22nd chancellor of the University of Montana Western on January 15, 2015. She and her husband, Steve Kramer, moved to Dillon from Marshall, Minnesota, where they were both faculty members at Southwest Minnesota State University.
After ten years as the director of SMSU’s Creative Writing Program, Dr. Weatherby served there as Dean of Arts, Letters & Sciences for five years and then as Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for eight years.
While at SMSU, she founded the New Works Faculty Forum, the Women’s Studies Program, and Connect, a networking organization for professional women in southwest Minnesota. She served on the advisory council of SMSU’s American Indian and Dakota Studies program, and on the boards of the Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program, United Way, and the Southwest/West Central Higher Education Organization for Telecommunications and Technology.
Dr. Weatherby’s book of short stories, Small Invasions, won the Minnesota Book Award. Other awards include fellowships to the Salzburg Seminar for Global Leadership, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a Loft-McKnight Award for Fiction.
Dr. Weatherby earned a Doctorate of Arts in English and Creative Writing from the University of Albany in New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
She is honored to be the Chancellor of Montana Western, which she calls “one of the nation’s most unique, innovative and effective universities in the nation.”