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University of Montana Western Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Johnny MacLean

Office of the Provost

The University of Montana Western

710 S. Atlantic Street

Dillon, MT 59725

Tel: (406) 683-7115

Location: Main Hall 211

Provost: Dr. Johnny MacLean

E-mail: [email protected]

Assistant to the Provost 

Chancellor’s Cabinet

A Message from Provost Dr. Johnny MacLean

I am honored to serve the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Montana Western. The Experience One (X1) educational model uniquely positions our university as a national leader in experiential learning.

X1, where students take one course at a time and learn by doing, allows for deep exploration into our students’ interests and passions, preparing them to contribute to our society in rich ways. With our average class size of 15, students work closely with faculty members from their first day on campus through graduation. Our university community is fully devoted to student success.

Students, faculty, and staff collaboratively build supportive relationships with each other and the surrounding community of Dillon by conducting undergraduate research projects and internships with local and regional partner organizations and government agencies, teaching in the field to hone skills that will allow them to be the next generation of impactful educators with the guidance of our experienced faculty, producing inspiring artistic work in our studios and theaters, developing real-world skills with horses in our Natural Horsemanship program, and much more!

If you would like to learn more, please stop by our beautiful campus in Dillon. You will be welcomed with warm smiles, friendly faces, and many helping hands. Here in southwestern Montana, we’re all part of the Bulldog Community.


Dr. Johnny MacLean, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Dr. Johnny MacLean completed his B.S. in Geology at Furman University in 2001, his M.S. degree in Earth Science at Syracuse University in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Geosciences at the University of Montana in 2007. Upon completion of his academic studies, MacLean worked in the oil and gas industry in Texas as a geologist and in the environmental consulting industry in Montana. As an Associate Professor of Geology at Southern Utah University (SUU), Dr. MacLean combined his passion for the outdoors and belief in teaching authentically by taking his students outside to learn from nature and to see concepts come to life. 

Beginning his role as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Montana Western in January 2022, he previously served in the Office of the Provost at SUU since 2016. He served as Associate Provost (2020-2022), Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs (2018-20) and as Provost Faculty Fellow (2016-18) at SUU. 

While serving in the Office of the Provost at SUU, MacLean was involved in the supervision of the following offices, including budgetary and financial planning: Institutional Effectiveness, Center of Excellence for Teaching & Learning, Online Teaching & Learning, Sponsored Programs, Agreements, Research, & Contracts, Library, Concurrent Enrollment, Career & Technical Education, General Education Program, Honors Program, Institutional Review Board, APEX lecture series, and the Festival of Excellence.