New Interim Vice Chancellor Appointed at Montana Tech



Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter announced today the appointment of Traci O’Neill as the interim Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs at Montana Tech. O’Neill will replace Mike Johnson who will depart Montana Tech on August 5th to become President of Management Consultants Inc. Traci will oversee the offices of public relations and marketing; alumni affairs; and the Montana Tech Foundation. Michael Barth, the Montana Tech Foundation’s Director of Operations, will remain in his current position and will continue to play a key role in the operations and fundraising efforts of the Foundation.

"I am very excited to have Traci join our leadership team," announced Chancellor Don Blackketter. "Traci has extensive marketing and public relations experience and I look forward to working with her on the advancement and development needs of the campus. This is an exciting time for all of us."

Prior to joining the administrative team at Tech, Traci served as an assistant professor in the Business and Information Technology (BIT) Department. Traci received a bachelor of science in Business Administration and Business Marketing in 1992 and a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2000, both from the University of Montana (UM). She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership from UM and has completed all but her dissertation. Over the last 18 years, Traci’s career has included involvement in four diverse industries. Her responsibilities span the entire organization from accounting, marketing, corporate real estate, and administration. Prior to stepping onto the campus at Montana Tech, she managed hospital-wide strategic planning, marketing and recruitment at St. James Healthcare. Prior to joining Montana Tech full-time, Traci taught as an adjunct instructor. As a member of the BIT team, Traci taught marketing, marketing research, economics, accounting, and management disciplines. Traci’s consulting and academic research interests include: marketing/business plan development, leadership, and strategic planning.

"Being part of the Montana Tech family has been the most rewarding job of my career," explained O’Neill. "There are so many wonderful people on this campus and affiliated with Montana Tech that in itself makes this temporary assignment such a wonderful opportunity. I am proud to be a part of Montana Tech and extremely excited to be a part of Chancellor Blackketter’s team."

The campus will launch a national search for a Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs with hopes to have a permanent placement in January. If you have any questions, please contact Chancellor Blackketter at 496-4129.