Board of Regents Members
Members (in alphabetical order)
Fran M. Albrecht (Vice Chair)
Term Expires February 1, 2019
Fran Albrecht is the executive director of Providence Montana Health Foundation, supporting superior healthcare and the compassionate missions of St. Patrick Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center serving thousands of individuals across Western Montana. For over 17 years, Albrecht was executive director for Watson Children’s Shelter in Missoula, a private non-profit that provides safe, nurturing care for Montana children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis. Albrecht recently served as an adjunct instructor teaching Nonprofit Administration and Public Service and Advanced Nonprofit Administration in the Davidson Honors College at The University of Montana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with double majors in Psychology and Sociology from Gonzaga University and a Master of Education in Early Childhood from MSU-Billings, both with honors. Albrecht has served in various leadership positions, including past president of the Rotary Club of Missoula, Missoula Chamber of Commerce Board, First Interstate Bancsystem Foundation Board, Leadership Missoula, Missoula Public Schools 21st Century Model for Change and others. She continues to serve with the Chamber Ambassadors, Loyola Sacred Heart Foundation Board, First Interstate Bank Advisory Board and is an active Rotarian. Albrecht has been recognized as a nonprofit leader and speaker, providing advisement to nonprofits in varying stages of development and is frequently requested for advisement with capital campaigns, board development, public relations, leadership, strategic planning and effective marketing. A native of Great Falls, Fran is married to Chris Albrecht, a Montana Tech graduate, and they reside in Missoula with their two children.
Asa Hohman (Student Regent)
Term Expires June 30, 2016
Asa Hohman, is a first year law student at the Alexandar Blewett lll School of Law at the University of Montana, having completed a BA in political science at The University of Montana. He served two terms as president of the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM), the first ASUM president to be re-elected in the university’s history. Hohman also served two terms as president of Montana Associated Students (MAS) following a position as MAS lobbyist during the 2013 state legislative session.
During his time in student leadership, Hohman served on many university committees and task forces including the: Academic Alignment and Innovation Program task force, the University Athletics Committee, the Student Conduct Hearing Committee, and the Committee for Campus Facilities.
Hohman was awarded the University of Montana’s Outstanding Student Leader Award, is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society, and was recognized as an Outstanding Senior upon graduation.
Term Expires February 1, 2017
William A. Johnstone is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Davidson Companies, an employee-owned financial services holding company based in Great Falls, Montana. Mr. Johnstone joined D.A. Davidson & Co. as President of that firm in 2000, and became President and CEO of Davidson Companies in 2004.
Mr. Johnstone is Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) board of directors and a member of the Regional Firms CEO Roundtable Group of SIFMA. He was appointed by Montana’s governor to serve as a member of the state’s Board of Regents and is Co-Chairman of Main Street Montana, a statewide economic development initiative. He also serves as a board member of the International Heart Institute in Missoula, Montana and on the Advisory Board of the Minnesota Law School Corporate Law Institute, and until recently was Chairman of the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation. Additionally, he has a long history of service with a number of other local, state and national boards.
Prior to joining Davidson Companies, Mr. Johnstone was Managing Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a Minneapolis-based, international law firm and the same law firm where he began his career. He served as Vice Chairman of the investment firm Dain Rauscher Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1990s after previously serving as President and CEO of Rauscher, Pierce & Refsnes Inc., an investment firm in Dallas, Texas.
A native Montanan, Mr. Johnstone earned a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Montana State University in 1966, with honors. He earned a juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1969 and was an editor of the University of Minnesota Law Review. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Montana Law School, the University of Minnesota Law School, and William Mitchell College of Law.
Robert A. Nystuen
Term Expires February 1, 2022
Robert (Bob) Nystuen has been a community banker for 40 years. Since 2004 he has been Market President of Glacier Bank, an affiliate of Glacier Bancorp Inc., a publicly traded bank holding company based in Kalispell, Montana. Bob joined Glacier Bank in 1996 after 21 years with First Bank System, now known as US Bank. During Bob’s banking career, he and his family have lived and worked in Havre, Livingston, Bozeman, Miles City, and Kalispell, Montana.
Bob has been associated with the Board of Trustees of Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT since 2002 and has served as Board Chair for eight years. Bob currently serves on the Board of Directors of Glacier National Park Conservancy and the Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce and was their Board Chair in 2001. He has served terms on the boards of directors of the Montana Ambassadors, Montana West Economic Development, the Flathead Food Bank and the Montana Commission on Community Service.
Bob is a native of North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1975. He then graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1982.
Bob and his wife Kim have been married since 1980 and now live in Lakeside, Montana. They have three sons, Andy of Big Sky, Steven and wife Kristen of Missoula and Carl of Bozeman. Kim and Steve are graduates of the University of Montana. Carl and Andy are graduates of Montana State University in Bozeman.
Term Expires February 1, 2021
Martha Sheehy is a Billings-based attorney who earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Montana in 1985 and 1988, respectively. She has served as president of the State Bar of Montana, on numerous state and federal justice committees and a number of social services boards. Sheehy graduated from UM in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in history with honors and from UM Law School in 1988 as first in her class. She has practiced law in Billings since 1988, the last 15 years at her own Sheehy Law Firm. She has had a focus on constitutional law, contract issues, insurance law and media law, including representing the Billings Gazette and Bozeman, Chronicle in right-to-know cases. She also served on the boards of the Billings YMCA and Youth Dynamics.
Paul Tuss (Chair)
Term Expires February 1, 2020
Paul Tuss serves as the Executive Director of Bear Paw Development Corporation in Havre, a federally-recognized, nonprofit Economic Development District in northern Montana that covers 17,665 square miles, five counties and two Indian Reservations with a total population of approximately 35,000 residents. He previously worked for five years as the Executive Director of Glacier County’s economic development organization, an area that includes Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Indian Nation.
He is Past President of the Montana Economic Developers Association, Past Chairman of the Montana State Employers Council and is a member of the Montana Economic Development Advisory Council and Judicial Nomination Commission. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Montana Nonprofit Association, Montana Cooperative Development Center and Northern Montana Hospital. Paul previously held gubernatorial appointments to the Tourism Advisory Council and the Montana Heritage Commission.
Prior to his appointment as a member of the Board of Regents, Paul served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Montana and as an Advisory Board member for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. He served as a member of the Cabinet for the MSU-Northern Foundation’s Capital Campaign and was a member of the Presidential Search Committee for Montana State University that resulted in Dr. Waded Cruzado becoming President of MSU.
Paul has served as Aide to the Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives, Assistant Secretary of the Montana Senate and was a candidate in 2000 for Montana Secretary of State. A native of Anaconda, he is a graduate of the University of Montana, is married to Pamela Hillery and has two children, Dolan and Caroline.
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