Leadership in the 21st Century
Friday, September 10
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Strand Union Ballroom A
This panel will explore the leadership values and experiences of these four panelists. All MSU alumni, the panelists will be asked to speak about the development of their personal leadership style and philosophy, and the challenges that will be faced by leaders of the next several decades.
Kirk J. Miller is a professional educator serving the students of Montana for the past 25 years as a teacher, coach and administrator.
Miller is currently the Superintendent of Bozeman Public Schools. Previous professional experience includes Superintendent of Havre Public Schools, Superintendent of Cascade Public Schools, Principal of Shepherd High School, mathematics and computer instructor at Havre High School and Montana State University-Northern.
Dr. Miller has a B.S. degree in mathematics and chemistry education from Montana State University-Northern, a M.Ed. degree in school administration and educational leadership from Montana State University, Bozeman. In May of 1999, he completed his doctoral work leading to an Ed.D. degree in school administration and educational leadership from Montana State University, Bozeman.
Governor Brian Schweitzer is a farmer and rancher who held no elected office prior to being elected as the Governor of Montana.
The grandson of Montana homesteaders, he grew up on a cattle ranch in the Judith Basin. Governor Schweitzer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in international agronomy from Colorado State University, and later earned a Master of Science degree in soil science from Montana State University.
He worked overseas on agricultural projects and has visited 37 countries across the world. Governor Schweitzer oversaw the building of major irrigation projects and the construction of the world's largest dairy farm in Saudi Arabia.
With his unique global perspective, Governor Schweitzer is a leading national voice for developing clean and green energy, with Montana leading the way.
Denise Juneau became Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 5, 2009, and is the first American Indian to serve in a statewide executive level office. She previously served as a Division Administrator at the Office of Public Instruction, overseeing the Indian Education for All program and working on student achievement issues.
She graduated from Browning High School, in Browning, Mont. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Montana State University; her Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana.
Duane Nellis provides robust and engaging leadership for the University of Idaho by supporting its statewide land-grant mission of teaching, research and outreach. He is guiding the institution to re-envision that mission for the 21st century by focusing on entrepreneurialism, engagement, global connections, sustainability, diversity and interdisciplinary synergies.
Prior to his appointment at Idaho, President Nellis served as provost and senior vice president of Kansas State University and at West Virginia University as dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU's largest academic college.
He received his bachelor's degree in earth sciences at Montana State University and earned his master's and doctoral degrees in geography at Oregon State University.
Dr. Saylor was born and raised in Choteau, Montana. In 1982, she graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in speech communication. She earned a master's degree in speech communication from West Virginia University, a Ph.D. in communication and organizational development from the University of Maryland.
In 1988 she moved to Santiago, Chile, where she started her own company, an institute for language and communication training. In 1992, she returned to the DC area and worked as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department at George Mason University.
In 1994, she joined REHAU, Inc. in its North American headquarters. She progressed through the organization from Department Manager, to Director, to Vice President and member of the Management Board. In February 2006, she was promoted to CEO, REHAU North America.