|For 100 years, the Montana University System functioned as individual units, alternately
cooperating and competing with each other. That structure was not designed for the demands
higher education now faces.
the educational needs of the 21st century, the Board of Regents in 1994 assigned the two
largest Montana universities responsibility for the units within their geographic regions.
Overseen by President Dennison, the four campuses of The University of Montana -- located in
Missoula, Butte, Dillon and Helena -- now collaborate while preserving appropriate
individual autonomy. The campuses run more efficiently and cost-effectively by sharing
resources and databases and collaborating on research.
The affiliation resulted in much-needed new construction and
renovation of outdated facilities at UM's sister campuses. Consolidation of campuses also
made it easier for students to transfer from two-year degree programs to four-year