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Petitioning Senate President Senator Jeff Essmann and 28 others

Confirm Regent Pat Williams

Pat Williams has spent his life and career fighting for a stronger education system in Montana. He has spent his life standing up for Montana students. And when our most vulnerable need a voice, Pat has always been there. 

Pat believes our communities become stronger and that we make students safer by talking about and solving problems —  not shying away from them. 
As a former University of Montana student, faculty member and the parent of three University of Montana graduates, Pat has made every decision by asking what outcome will make the University of Montana a better place for students to grow and learn.

Because of this, we, the undersigned, support Pat Williams’ confirmation to the Montana Board of Regents.  We urge you to support his confirmation to the Montana Board of Regents.

Pat’s commitment to the University of Montana is deep, genuine and unwavering.  

Pat believes the University has begun making genuine reforms in beginning to heal the community of Missoula, the University of Montana and its athletic department.  As that difficult process continues it will, as it already has, cause pain and difficulty in the short-term; but eventually our institution, our players, and our students will be the beneficiaries. 

By any measure, Pat is eminently qualified to serve on the Montana Board of Regents. Pat chaired the Committee on Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Congress, served as a Trustee or Director on countless national Boards and has irreplaceable experience to offer the Regents and the university system as they chart a course forward for all Montana students.

Your signature below is a show of support not for just Pat Williams, but for a better University of Montana and a better education for our students:

* A Montana that encourages students, teachers, parents and those in leadership positions alike to speak up and speak out. 

* A Montana that encourages students and their leaders to solve, not ignore, the challenges they will inevitably face.

* A Montana that always and only assumes we can and must do better.  

This petition was delivered to:
  • Senate President
    Senator Jeff Essmann
  • Chair, Board of Regents
    Regent Angela McLean
  • Board of Regents
    Regent Joseph Thiel
  • Board of Regents
    Regent Paul Tuss
  • Commissioner of Higher Education
    Commissioner Clayton Christian
  • Deputy Commissioner for Fiscal Affairs / Chief of Staff
    Mick Robinson
  • Associate Commissioner for Communications & Human Resources
    Kevin McRae
  • Chief Legal Counsel
    Vivian Hammill
  • President, University of Montana
    Royce C. Engstrom
  • House Education
    Representative Doug Coffin
  • Executive Assistant to the Commissioner and the Board of Regents
    Lynette Brown
  • Senate Minority Whip
    Senator Cliff Larsen
  • Chair, Senate Education & Telecommunications
    Senator Jim Peterson
  • Board of Regents
    Regent Jeffrey Krauss
  • Board of Regents
    Regent Todd Buchanan
  • Senate Education & Telecommunications
    Senator Jonathan Windy Boy
  • Senate President Pro Tempore
    Senator Debby Barrett
  • Senate Majority Leader
    Senator Art Wittich
  • Senate Majority Whip
    Senator Eric Moore
  • Senate Majority Whip
    Senator Janna Taylor
  • Senate Majority Whip
    Senator Llew Jones
  • Senate Minority Leader
    Senator Jon Sesso
  • Senate Minority Whip
    Senator Robyn Driscoll
  • Senate Education & Telecommunications
    Senator Elsie Arntzen
  • Senate Education & Telecommunications
    Senator Taylor Brown
  • Senate Education & Telecommunications
    Senator Tom Facey
  • Senate Education & Telecommunications
    Senator Dave Lewis
  • Senate Education & Telecommunications
    Senator Sharon Stewart-Peregoy
  • Governor, State of Montana
    Governor Steve Bullock

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