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Michael Reid selected as New Chancellor of the University of Montana Western

Michael Reid has been selected as the new Chancellor for the University of Montana Western and brings with him over 30 years of experience in higher education administration.

He currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at the University of Montana Western and as the Chief Fiscal Officer for Helena College.

“The search advisory committee and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education are pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Reid for the Chancellor position at Montana Western,” said Search Advisory Committee Chair and OCHE Deputy Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Tyler Trevor. “We feel that Mike will continue to move the university forward and that his wealth of administrative and financial experience, combined with a focus on data-driven decision making, will further support the students, faculty and staff at UMW and continue to build upon the success of the university’s Experience One program.”

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, and Sierra Nevada College.

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

“I’m excited, and humbled, to be entrusted with this responsibility at the University of Montana Western. Over the past few years, both Montana Western and the welcoming town of Dillon have been incredible places to call home with inspiring students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community support. I am enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead of us and look forward to working with everyone in continuing the legacy that is UMW and building on the solid foundation that has already been established,” said Reid.

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

Effective as of May 3, 2021, Reid’s appointment will be brought before the Montana Board of Regents for approval at its regularly scheduled meeting later in May. He succeeds Beth Weatherby, who is retiring after leading the university for the past 6.5 years.

Contact: Matt Raffety, Montana Western Director of Communications,



Kenny DoughteryKenny Daugherty joined Myers McRae in 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was named President in 2016. Identifying and attracting highly qualified, undeclared candidates to searches is one of his specialty. 

His ability to relate to search committees and candidates stems from his 28 years of managerial experience in public and independent institutions. Throughout his career in higher education, he had responsibilities that involved interdepartmental cooperation and personnel management at multiple levels. He became known for his ability to assess candidates, which resulted in his placement on numerous search committees for professional staff and administrators across the university community.

His career in higher education administration began at the University of Alabama, where Mr. Daugherty served in the areas of facilities, planning, and services for Housing and Residential Life. During his 11-year tenure at the state flagship institution, he designed and managed the facility planning process that included a seven-year plan for building renovations, projects, and new construction, as well as developed, implemented, and maintained a building audit system for housing facilities. As a University Total Quality Management Facilitator, he led TQM teams in the Housing and Recreation departments. With student services, he also served as a judicial officer for the university.

In 1996, he joined Mercer University as Assistant Vice President for Development, steadily progressing in leadership roles to Vice President for Advancement Administration by 2003. He provided strategic management and planning for 10 operational areas including development, capital campaign, alumni services, public relations, government relations, records and research, admissions, and financial aid. Additionally, he had a major role in recruiting volunteer leadership and major contributors for Mercer University. During his career at Mercer, the university had a 35 percent growth in donors.

In the area of admissions, he assisted with the restructuring of the Admissions Office, including the development and implementation of recruiting and scholarship strategies for incoming undergraduates. In the first year of the restructuring and redesign, freshman enrollment increased by over 50 students making it the largest freshman class in Mercer history while SAT averages rose by 67 points.

Mr. Daugherty earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mercer University. While in graduate school, he served as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, recruiting high school and junior college basketball players in the Southeast and Midwest and hiring and supervising the managerial staff.

Kenny Daugherty
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting
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Tyler Trevor

MUS Deputy Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Chief of Staff

Roxanne Engellant

Executive Director, UMW Foundation and Alumni & Friends

Matt Raffety

Director of University Communications

John Xanthopolous

Faculty Senate Chair, Professor of Education

Ashley Carlson

Division Chair, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of English

Michelle Anderson

Professor of Biology

Denise Holland

Associate Professor of Business & Technology

Jacob Kunze

Student Representative

Deb Creger

UMW Foundation Chair

Phil Willett

UMW Foundation Co-chair

Lindsay Woolley

Women’s Basketball Coach

Bill Dwyer

1st Vice President, MFPE

Margo Heberling

Academic Advisor

Amy Unsworth

Executive Assistant to the Commissioner & Policy Coordinator (Serving in a support capacity)

  • January 21st Profile and Advertising Approved
  • February 5th Initial Search Committee Meeting
  • March 12th Deadline for Best Consideration
  • March 18th Selection of Candidates for Zoom Interviews
  • March 24th & 25th Zoom Interview Dates
  • April 14th - 15th | April 20-21st | April 21-22nd | April 22nd-23rd  Campus Visit Dates or Virtual Campus Interviews