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MUS 2-Year Commission Convenes

Monday, September 9, 2019/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags:

The Montana University System (MUS) 2-Year Commission established by HB 754 (2019; Vinton) will hold its initial meeting on Friday, September 20, 2019, in Room 317 of the State Capitol to chart its course for the interim. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

The temporary commission is tasked with:

  • examining the impacts of incorporating the former vocational-technical centers into the Montana University System as 2-year campuses attached to 4-year campuses; and
  • considering whether a different organizational structure would better serve the state.

The 16-member commission includes House members Jacob Bachmeier (D-Havre), John Fuller (R-Kalispell), Bradley Hamlett (D-Cascade), Llew Jones (R-Conrad), Sue Vinton (R-Billings). Senate members appointed to the commission are Dee Brown (R-Hungry Horse), Margie MacDonald (D-Billings), Edie McClafferty (D-Butte), and Fred Thomas (R-Stevensville). Non-legislator members are: Board of Regents of Higher Education members Casey Lozar and Paul Tuss; Board of Public Education member Darlene Schottle; Associated Students of Montana President Taylor Blossom; Dr. Sandra Boham, President of Salish Kootenai College; Joe Billion, Bozeman; and John Mercer, Polson.

At this first meeting, the commission will elect its presiding officer, review background materials and presentations, and discuss its work plan for the interim. Public input is welcome.

The meeting will be live streamed at and will be broadcast on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN). For more information about the meeting, including a full agenda, visit the commission’s website or contact Pad McCracken, commission staff.

Commission Website:

Commission Staff: or (406) 444-3595


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