Higher Education, Office of the Commissioner of

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Commissioner of Higher Education

Commissioner's Office

560 N. Park Avenue, 4th Floor
PO Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201

Website www.mus.edu
Main Number 406-449-9124
FAX Number 406-449-9171
TTY 711


   560 N. Park Ave.
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
Website www.mus.edu/board/
FAX Number 406-449-9171
Regent Paul Tuss, Havre 406-449-9124
Regent Fran Albrecht, Missoula 406-449-9124
Regent Martha Sheehy, Billings 406-449-9124
Regent Robert Nystuen, Kalispell 406-449-9124
Regent Casey Lozar, Helena 406-449-9124
Student Regent, Chase Greenfield, Missoula 406-449-9124


Commissioner of Higher Education, Clayton Christian 449-9125
Communications Director, Blair Fjeseth 449-9126
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner and the Board of Regents, Amy Unsworth 449-9127
Administrative Associate, vacant 449-9128

Academic and Student Affairs

Deputy Commissioner for Academic & Student Affairs, Dr John Cech 449-9129
Administrative Associate,  Heather Hanser 449-9130
Director of American Indian/Minority Achievement and K-12 Partnerships, Angela McLean 449-9131
Director of Operations & Administration/Student Affairs, Ron Muffick 449-9151
Director of Workforce Initiatives & Information, Erik Rose 449-9133
Director of Academic Policy & Research, Joe Thiel 449-9134
Carl D. Perkins Program Manager, Jacque Treaster 449-9135
Dual Enrollment and Big Sky Pathways Program Manager, Amy Williams 994-3991
Educational Talent Search  
Director, Educational Talent Search, Jeannie Origbo 449-9136
Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Target Area), 268-6199
Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Target Area), Casey Figueroa 275-4871
Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Target Area), Crystal Little Owl 275-4871
Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Target Area), Kimberly Wombolt 268-6199
Pre-College Advisor (Crow Target Area), Shonna Dillon 639-2385
Assistant Program Services & Data Manager, Aspen Herndon 449-9137
Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Target Area), Joe Jessepe 338-2745
Re-Entry Manager, 449-9138
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)  
Director, Gear Up, Zach Hawkins 449-9139
Gear Up Program Manager, Jessie Bliss 449-9140
Gear Up School Western Schools Grant Manager, Janelle Egli 449-9141
Gear Up College Access Manager, Jamie Jones 449-9142
Program and Communications Coordinator, vacant 449-9143
Gear Up School Eastern Schools Grant Manager, Lucille Thomason 449-9144

Budget, Administration & Planning

Deputy Commissioner for Budget & Planning, Chief of Staff, Tyler Trevor 449-9145
Payroll/Benefits Specialist, Debbie Bunker 449-9146
Accounting Manager, Jamie Dushin 449-9169
Federal Accountant, Kelly Hert 449-9147
Director of Fiscal Affairs, Frieda Houser 449-9148
Financial Manager, Sherrie Lindbo 449-9149
OCHE Office IT Manager, Edwina Morrison 449-9150
Director of Operations & Administration, Ron Muffick 449-9151
State Scholarship Coordinator, Sheila Newlun 449-9168
Computer Support Specialist, Jared Smith 449-9152
MUS IT Director, John Thunstrom 544-3822
Student Assistance Manager / State Certifying Officer, Laurie Tobol 449-9153

Human Resources

Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources, Kevin McRae 449-9154
Human Resources & Labor Relations Specialist, Jackie Salveson 449-9155
Director of Work Comp and Risk Management, Leah Tietz 449-9156
Health & Retirement Benefits  
Toll Free 877-501-1722
FAX Number 449-9170
Director of Benefits, Mary Lachenbruch 449-9158
Associate Director of Retirement Benefits & Pension Plans, Amy Berry 449-9159
Benefits Specialist, Chelsi Dupler 449-9160
Registered Nurse Case Manager, Joan Fabricius 449-9161
Benefits Specialist, Jane Liedle 449-9162
Benefits Communications Manager, Kelley Shields 449-9163
Regulatory and Compliance Officer, Susan Witte 449-9164

Legal Division

MUS Chief Legal Counsel / Deputy Commissioner, Vivian Hammill 449-9166
Associate Legal Counsel, Helen Thigpen 449-9167