University of Montana President Seth Bodnar has named Jon Harbor of Purdue University at UM’s new Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.

Communications Director Paula Short describes the duties of the Provost.

"Generally, the Provost, also called the Executive Vice President for Student Affairs, provides leadership over the entire academic portfolio of the institution,” said Short. “The President and the Provost work together hand in hand to lead the institution. The Provost provides the academic leadership for the university and works with the President to move the institution forward.”

Harbor said he was thrilled to have been chosen for the position.

“I’m honored to join the University of Montana, particularly at this pivotal moment in the institution’s history,” Harbor said. “Higher education has never been more relevant or essential than it is today. UM excels in learning opportunities and research that are well-matched to the needs of students, the demands for educated citizens and a talented workforce, and the needs of Montana, the nation and the world. My wife, Amy, and I look forward to making our home in Missoula.”

Harbor will start full time on August 1 in time for the start of fall semester.

Bodnar thanked Interim Provost Beverly Edmond; law school Dean Paul Kirgis, who will serve as acting provost until Aug. 1; and the search committee led by Chris Comer, dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences.