Jason Carter, PhD

Jason Carter

Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education

Dr. Jason Carter is Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education at Montana State University. Prior to this role, he served as department chair, associate dean, and associate vice president for research at Michigan Technological University. Carter’s research focuses on neural control of the cardiovascular system in humans, and the role of sleep in cardiovascular disease. He has been awarded over $8.5 million in research from federal, state, foundation, and industry partners, including an active NIH R01 grant here at Montana State. He is Past-President of the American Kinesiology Association, a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, a member of the inaugural APLU Council on Research fellow program, and currently serves as Councilor for the American Physiological Society. He enjoys the beauty of Montana, and loves doing outdoor activities with his family.
   207 Montana Hall
   (406) 994-5053
Leslie Schmidt

Leslie Schmidt

   309 Montana Hall
   (406) 994-5550
   lschmidt@montana.edu 
Mai Allen

Mai Allen

Executive Assistant to the Vice President 

Mai Allen was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. After she graduated from the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities, she took a hospitality management program in Brussels, Belgium, to fulfill her passion for the tourism industry. Mai worked for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok before deciding to further study in Chicago in 2003. Before moving to Bozeman in 2017, she worked for a Nonprofit Organization as an administrative assistant for nine years. For her role in the Office of Research, she manages the VP’s schedule, planning travel, meetings, events as well as providing support to the VP. When not at work, Mai likes to cook and spend time with her friends and family.
   207 Montana Hall
   (406) 994-5053
   naon.allen@montana.edu 
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Jayne Morrow

Assistant Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education

Jayne is a native Montanan and proud MSU alum! Prior to graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering, she performed research at the Center for Biofilm Engineering. Her interest in microbial systems carried her through her MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering at University of Connecticut. She joined the National Institute of Standards & Technology, where she led metrology for biological science and created standards for biological response. Throughout her career she has led strategy and consensus building on a range of technical program and public policy areas including serving as the Executive Director of the National Science & Technology Council. She recently joined MSU to create stronger connections between MSU’s Research and the needs in industry and government. Jayne has a deep love of Montana, the benefits of rural life and works remotely from Chinook, MT. 
   207 Montana Hall
   (406) 994-5053
   jayne.morrow@montana.edu 
Shana Wold

Shana Wold

Budget Director

Shana Wold is a native Montanan and proud MSU alum! She graduated with a B.S. in Business in the fall of 2002 and began her career at MSU that spring as an Administrative Assistant in the Dean’s Office of EHHD. Since then she has worked in several fiscal and administrative roles at MSU, including Engineering, Agriculture, Music, Sponsored Programs and now REDGE. Shana has served as both Vice-Chair and Chair of MSU’s Staff Senate, assisted with several MSU employee recognition programs and helped coordinate and build the Dinosaur Playground at the Gallatin Regional Park.
   317 Montana Hall
   (406) 994-2383
   shana.wold@montana.edu 
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Mary Pat Lorente

Office Manager

Mary Pat moved to Bozeman in 2019 to be closer to her daughter’s family, including three extraordinary grandchildren. Before beginning her Montana adventure, Mary Pat lived in Mount Vernon, WA, where she worked as an administrator for a non-profit for 20 years. She has also worked in several different roles at a community newspaper, including reporting, editing and production. Mary Pat graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, with a B.A. in History. She likes to spend time with her golden retriever, Rosie, and sometimes writes truly awful poetry to amuse her Facebook friends. She has thoroughly enjoyed learning what it means to be a Bobcat at MSU.
   207 Montana Hall
   (406) 994-2891
   mary.lorente@montana.edu