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City Club Missoula - University of Montana President Seth Bodnar: UM will be bold

February 13, 2018View for printing

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar at City Club Missoula luncheon - ready to evolve in "a world full of disruptions."

When General Electric first appeared on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, the company was lauded as a cornerstone of industrial might, a reputation it would hold for more than a century.

But now, with the digital revolution in full swing, the powerhouse of American ingenuity is searching for its place in a changing world, one where transformation will be key to survival.

"The largest taxi company in the world today (Uber) owns no vehicles, and the largest accommodations provider (Airbnb) owns no real estate," said Seth Bodnar, president of the University of Montana. "The largest media company, or one of the most impactful (Facebook), creates no content. This is a world full of disruptions."

By Martin Kidston ... -president/


City Club Missoula - University of Montana President Seth Bodnar: UM will be bold

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar encountered a couple of surprises when he took the helm of the flagship last month.

One surprise?

"On the unequivocally good side, the passion for this place," Bodnar said.

A more challenging eye-opener? The distrust people have of public institutions such as UM, coupled with the flagship's responsibility to be clear and transparent -- and to be clear and transparent quickly.

"The complexity of meeting those objectives is tougher than I thought," Bodnar said.

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OUR MISSION is to bring together people to inform and inspire citizens on issues vital to the Missoula area community through public forums that encourage the discussion of new ideas and the free exchange of thought.

Forum Schedule* Through July 2018

February: The new University of Montana President Seth Bodnar

March: Missoula County Public Schools: Mark Thane (tentative)

April: State of the Community, Missoula

May: The Changing Wild Fire Landscape of Western Montana (tentative)

June: Western Montana Tourism and Missoula (tentative)

July: Budget Cuts and Missoula's Health and Human Services

*Forum topics are subject to change

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