Athletic Director Candidate Community Forum

Faculty, staff, students, and members of the community are invited to attend the upcoming public candidate forums for the Athletic Director position. Each forum will be held at 3:30 pm in the STC Great Room.

If you have any questions or feedback about the process or candidates, please contact Janelle Handlos by email at janelle.handlos@umwestern.edu or call 406-683-7392.

Jim Kambich’s community forum will be held Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Jim Kambich was born in Kalispell, Mont., and has maintained a life-long commitment to education, athletics and community service. Kambich is currently the President and CEO of the Montana Economic Research and Development Institute (MERDI). He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Finance from Carroll College. Kambich received a scholarship to play football for Carroll and is honored by being recognized in their College Athletic Hall of Fame following a career as a four-year starter, three-time all-conference lineman with three championship teams. Kambich continued his association with the Frontier Conference as a football official along with officiating Montana high school football. Jim has lead and participated in the following  development projects: multi-million dollar fundraising campaign for the construction of Nelson Stadium in Helena, at his alma mater, Butte Water System upgrade at $33 million, Waterford Senior Living Center at $20 million, Continental Public Land Trust land redevelopment and urban renewal projects, started and operated the Butte Silver Bow Business Development Center (a small business incubator), the effort to reopen mining at Montana Resources and the development of the Montana Aerospace Development Authority (MADA) –Aerotec facility.  Jim has experience in education, as an adjunct professor for U of M – Montana Tech, in their business department and taught classes for five semesters. Mr. Kambich has served on many boards throughout his career including the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, the Montana Aerospace Development Authority, the Natural Resource Damages Program: Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Upper Clark Fork Basin, and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Mineral Processing at Montana Tech.  Jim and his wife of 34 years, Peggy Brennick–Kambich are the proud parents of four daughters and grandparents to three grandchildren.

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