Thomas Crady

Thomas Crady

The University of Montana hired Thomas Crady to be its new vice president for enrollment and student affairs. Crady will succeed Teresa Branch, who is retiring in June after 13 years with UM.

According to an announcement issued Friday afternoon, Crady is the vice president for enrollment management at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he has been since 2010.

“We conducted a rigorous national search, and Dr. Crady offered the right combination of outstanding experience in both enrollment management and student affairs management,” UM President Royce Engstrom wrote in the statement. “I am excited to add him to our team.”

The vice president's position will oversee enrollment management, including developing strategies for recruiting and retaining students, as well as overseeing UM's Division of Student Affairs, which includes operations like Residence Life, UM Dining, Campus Recreation and the Curry Health Center. Crady also will manage departments that provide special services to Native American and veteran students, as well as those with disabilities.

Before working at Gustavus Adolphus College, Crady was the dean of the college at Dartmouth College for a year. He previously held several positions at Grinnell College in Iowa, where he started working in 1982.

“I’m honored to work for such a fine university,” Crady said in the statement announcing his hiring. “I was very impressed with the dedicated faculty, staff and students I met with during my time on campus. The university is well positioned to continue to attract dedicated and talented students from Montana and beyond, and I’m thrilled about position and opportunities it offers.”

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