Montana State University

Council Election Candidate Bios

Planning Council


Name: Virginia Bratton

College: Agriculture
Department: Management
Title: Assistant Professor
Years at MSU: 7

I am an instructor and researcher in organizational behavior, human resource management, and strategy. I have examined organizational effectiveness in public institutions and implemented new initiatives at the university level in past jobs (e.g. Florida State University). Prior to becoming a management scholar, I studied strategic performance in arts organizations and worked with community, university, and student groups to coordinate and implement an inaugural arts festival at Florida State University, which was part of the university president's strategic agenda. This festival just celebrated its 15th season.

I am a Montana native. My grandfather and his siblings attended MSU- I feel connected to MSU's past and would like to support the future of this institution. My experience as an instructor, researcher, and practitioner in management has provided me with a strong foundation in strategic planning and implementation. Further, my experience in the arts has made me accustomed to working with scarce resources and communicating with multiple, and often conflicting, stakeholder groups. I would be proud to put these skills to work on behalf of MSU as a member of the Planning Council.

Gallatin College


Name: Brendan Mumey

College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science
Title: Professor & Extension Specialist
Years at MSU: 15

Brendan Mumey is a Professor of Computer Science at Montana State University. His research interests are broadly in algorithms and optimization, with most of his work stemming from applied problems in networking and computational biology. He has authored or co-authored over 60 publications on these topics. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in 1997 under the supervision of Larry Ruzzo and joined the faculty at Montana State University in 1998. In 2011, he held the Visiting Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair position at Aalto University in Finland. He also serves (since 2008) as the Editor of ACM SIGACT News, a quarterly periodical for the theoretical computer science community.

I think the planning process is important and can help improve the university and help us better fulfill our mission. I have served on the COE strategic planning committee since 2007 during which time we have successfully implemented several concrete strategies within the college and better aligned the plan with the central university plan.

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