Angela McLean Is the New Leader of Bitterroot College in Hamilton, Montana

Angela McLean will serve as the interim director of Bitterroot College at the University of Montana. Located in Hamilton, Montana, Bitterroot College connects a diverse rural community to a wide array of learning opportunities to prepare students for future success and support workforce development. Offering more than 30 college credit courses, students at Bitterroot College can earn an associate’s degree, complete prerequisite courses for leading fields, earn credits that are transferable across the University of Montana System and obtain certificates in business, computers, and industrial trades.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Dr. McLean said. “My priority is connecting with local leaders and stakeholders to ensure the programs and opportunities available through Bitterroot College align with community needs. Many in the community have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this institution, and I’m looking forward to engaging and learning how we can work together going forward.”

Dr. McLean had been serving as the director of American Indian/Minority Achievement and K-12 Partnerships in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education in Helena. She began her teaching career in the Arlee Public Schools and has two decades of experience in the classroom. She also has served as chair of the Montana Board of Regents and as lieutenant governor of the State of Montana.

Dr. McLean holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana Western in Dillon. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Montana and a doctorate in education from Montana State Universty.

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