George Dennison served as president of The University of Montana from 1990 to 2010. Previously, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Michigan University and earlier taught history and held several administrative positions at Colorado State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Arkansas. While serving as president of The University of Montana, Dr. Dennison helped establish the Davidson Honors College. He has served on several national coordinating committees promoting cooperative international research, development projects, historic preservation, civic engagement, study abroad, and the study of critical languages.
A historian by training, Dr. Dennison received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in history from The University of Montana in 1962. He received his master’s degree from The University of Montana in 1963, then earned his PhD in history from the University of Washington in 1967. He has written numerous publications and made numerous professional presentations in both history and higher education.