What if MSU could offer more productive partnerships with nonprofits which meet the greatest needs in our community, while further engaging students in learning and engagement through service?  That's exactly the question that Leadership Institute director, Carmen McSpadden, asked when devising this program. Boardroom Bobcats, which places upper level undergraduate and graduate students on nonprofit boards to serve as non-voting members for the academic year, launched in August 2016.

The mission of Boardroom Bobcats is to develop students to become catalysts for change who seek life-long commitments to community involvement and board service, creating value and lasting impact for nonprofit organizations and the greater community.  As a reciprocal partnership, nonprofits gain insights and a fresh perspective from MSU students while training future board leaders.  Students gain practical boardroom experience, familiarity with the nonprofit sector, mentee opportunities and lifelong leadership skills.

The program consists of regular attendance of students at board meetings and complementary leadership trainings in nonprofit board work coordinated by the Leadership Institute.

Boardroom Bobcats 2018-2019

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the following MSU students were paired with the boards of the nonprofits listed next to their names:

(Student, hometown, major, nonprofit partnership)


Larissa Morales, Fort Collins, Environmental Design, MSU Outreach and Engagement Council

Jamie Baird, Highlands Ranch, Statistics, Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Maharashtra, India

Saurabh Tulsankar, Mumbai, Environmental Design, Montana Aquatic Resources Services, Inc.


Peter Pfankuch, Excelsior, Business Management with minors in Economics and Finance, Warriors and Quiet Waters


Michael Hill, Billings, accounting and political science, Cancer Support Community

Grace Anderson, Billings, Environmental Design, Heart of The Valley Animal Shelter

Madi Fox, Red Lodge, Business Management, Eagle Mount

Rachel Brown, Stevensville, Finance, CHAT Southwest Montana


Jackson St. Clair, Nine Mile Falls, Masters of Architecture and BA in Environmental Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Sacajawea Audubon