Ex-UM President Coming Back to Teach Chemistry

Engstrom became president in 2010 and stepped down December

By Dillon Tabish
MISSOULA — Former University of Montana President Royce Engstrom is returning to the university to teach chemistry.Chemistry Department Chairman Christopher Palmer told the Montana Kaimin on Wednesday that Engstrom will begin teaching this fall. Engstrom became president in 2010 and stepped down December.

The school’s academic planner shows he will teach an introductory chemistry course and an honors course titled “The ways of knowing,” which requires students to evaluate how they come to know truths in the world.

Palmer tells the Missoulian that chemistry classes have a retention problem. He says Engstrom wants to help with developing the classes to keep students interested in the subject.

UM officials say they haven’t yet set Engstrom’s teaching salary. He earned $300,000 in his final year as president. Engstrom began his academic career as a chemistry professor.