Matthew Redinger, a vice provost for academic affairs at Montana State University Billings, has been named provost at the University of Providence in Great Falls and will begin his role there on July 1.
As provost, Redinger will be responsible for the academic budget, leadership of the faculty and academic program development, including community outreach programs, oversight of institutional accreditation, and promoting scholarly and creative activities.
He will also be involved in creating and deepening “high impact” practices that engage students, such as undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and more, according to a press release from the school.
The school, formerly known as the University of Great Falls, is a private Roman Catholic university within the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
“Hiring Matt for the provost position is a huge step for our campus as it continues its path toward a bigger and bolder vision,” President Tony Aretz said. “His leadership, integrity and humility bring a broad base of experience that will enable him to lead significant institutional change.”
At MSU Billings, before serving as vice provost for academic affairs, Redinger was an interim vice provost for academic affairs, history department chair and a tenured history professor.
“I believe leadership is founded on relationships, because it is within relationships that we can best work together for the common good,” Redinger said in the press release. “I look forward to leading and learning from the UP community for many years to come.”
“I’ve been a lifelong advocate of the Catholic intellectual tradition,” he continued, “and value the liberal arts in that context. Being a part of a university that has similar values is a great privilege.”
Redinger holds a doctorate of philosophy in history from University of Washington, Seattle; a master’s in history from the University of Montana, Missoula; a bachelor’s in history from the University of Montana; and undergraduate study from Carroll College in theology, philosophy and history.
Jenn Rowell is the founding editor of The Electric, an online newspaper in Great Falls, where this article was first published.