Montana’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Montana State University
Founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. The first classes were held in rooms in the county high school, and later in the building that housed the former Bozeman Academy (a private prep school. In fact, the first students were from Bozeman Academy, who were forced to transfer to the college. In 1913, the school was renamed the Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1965, the school again was renamed Montana State University.
President: Waded Cruzado became the president of Montana State University in 2010. Dr. Cruzado has a distinguished land-grant pedigree. Previously, she served as executive vice president and provost at the land-grant institution of New Mexico State University. She also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Puerto Rico’s land-grant university, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. A native of Puerto Rico, President Cruzado also received her bachelors degree in comparative literature from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. @wadedcruzado
Montana’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Aaniiih Nakoda College, Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish Kootenai College, Stone Child College
Aaniiih Nakoda College
Founded in 1984 by the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council as Fort Belknap College. The school was charged with preserving and promoting the A’anin and Nakoda languages, cultures, and histories, and serves the residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. In 2011, the school was renamed Aaniiih Nakoda College.
President: Carole Falcon-Chandler is the president of Aaniiih Nakoda College.
Blackfeet Community College
In 1974, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council founded the Blackfeet Community College. The school was charged with serving the Blackfeet Nation and surrounding communities.
President: Billie Joe Kipp was named president of Blackfeet Community College in 2011.
Chief Dull Knife College
Founded in 1975 as Dull Knife Memorial College, CDKC was renamed in 2001 to emphasize the significance of Dull Knife as a chief and respected historical leader of the Northern Cheyenne people.
President: Richard Littlebear is the president of Chief Dull Knife College.
Fort Peck Community College
Fort Peck Community College was chartered by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in 1978. The school was charged with the provision of services to the Fort Peck reservation and surrounding communities.
President: Haven Gourneau is the president of Fort Peck Community College. She was raised on the Fort Peck Reservation and is an alumnus of Fort Peck Community College.
Little Big Horn College
Little Big Horn College was chartered in 1980 by the Crow Tribe as a public two-year community college.
President: David Yarlott Jr. became the president of Little Bighorn College in 2002.
Salish Kootenai College
Established in 1977, this school began as a branch campus of Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). In 1981, the college formally disassociated itself from FVCC and became completely self-governing under the sovereign governmental authority of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
President: Sandra Boham became the president of Salish Kootenai College in 2016 after having previously served as interim president. President Boham is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Her land-grant background includes a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Montana State University.
Stone Child College
Stone Child College was established in 1984 as the accredited tribal college of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe. The school was charged with the preservation and maintenance of the Chippewa-Cree culture, and for the educational training of its tribal membership.
President: The Stone Child College Board of Regents selected Cory Sangrey-Billy to serve as interim president of the college until a permanent president can be chosen following the death of President Nate St. Pierre. Previously, Interim President Sangrey-Billy served as dean of academics at the college.