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Engstrom to make $120,000 as professor at UM

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Former University of Montana President Royce Engstrom (MTN News photo/Dennis Bragg) Former University of Montana President Royce Engstrom (MTN News photo/Dennis Bragg)
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Former University of Montana President Royce Engstrom will soon return to the Missoula campus, where he will earn a six-figure salary for teaching chemistry and honors courses.

Engstrom’s annual salary will be $119,106 as a full professor in UM’s Department of Chemistry, according to a press release from UM.

Engstrom will return to teaching for the first time since he left his position as provost at the University of South Dakota to become provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at UM in 2007.

Prior to serving as UM’s 17th president, Engstrom served for three years as UM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, a role that included the position of tenured full professor in the Department of Chemistry.

According to UM spokesperson Paula Short, it is common for academic administrators to be tenured members of faculty, and many choose to return to teaching when they no longer serve in an administrative capacity.

Engstrom came to Montana from the University of South Dakota, where he served for 28 years in various positions, including assistant professor, chair of the chemistry department, graduate school dean, vice president for research and provost. He has 20 years of teaching experience.

Since he stepped down as UM president, Engstrom has been busy serving in other executive capacities. Later this month, he will complete his term as a commissioner of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Engstrom said he looks forward to the vibrant activity on campus when students return in the fall. “Mary and I love the University of Montana and we love Missoula,” he said. “We’re happy to stay here and continue to make Missoula our home.”

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