Comment sought on MSU proposal to name center in honor of writer Ivan Doig
Montana State University is requesting that the state’s Board of Regents approve naming its Center for Western Lands and Peoples the Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands and Peoples of the North American West.
The regents will consider the naming request at their Nov. 15-16 meeting in Missoula on the campus of the University of Montana. A full agenda for the two-day meeting will be available online here: https://mus.edu/board/meetings/agendas-and-minutes.asp.
Public comments on the naming request can be submitted by letter to University Communications, c/o Name Change Comments, P.O. Box 172220, Bozeman, MT 59717-2220 or by email to email@example.com. Comments are due by Nov. 14.
Montana University System and MSU policies permit centers to be named in honor of an individual. The MUS naming policy can be found here: https://mus.edu/borpol/bor1000/1004-1.pdf
Ivan Doig, known as “the dean of Western writers,” won the Wallace Stegner Award in 2007, was a finalist for the National Book Award, received the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, won the Western Heritage Award, won the Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award and earned many other awards recognizing and celebrating outstanding literature.
Doig was a Montana native. His most popular novels were set in the state and he had a special relationship with Montana readers. Doig passed away on April 9, 2015. Carol Doig, his wife of 50 years, donated his extensive collection of writing, notes, manuscripts, photographs and recordings to the Montana State University Library’s Special Collections after considering proposals from Stanford and the University of Washington.
Carol Doig has made a $100,000 recurring, annual commitment and $1 million planned gift to support the center in honor of her late husband. Carol Doig’s gifts will cover 100 percent of the center’s annual operating costs.
- University Communications