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Larry Swanson: Larry is the O'Connor Center director and leads the Center's work on the region's economy. He received a doctorate in economics and community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska in 1980. He worked as a journalist, educator, policy analyst, and economic consultant before joining the University of Montana’s Business School in 1988. He moved to the O’Connor Center in 1995 and became Center director in 2005. more...

William Farr: Bill is the O'Connor Center's senior fellow in regional history and culture, and former Center director. He is a retired professor in UM’s History Department, teaching there for 44 years. He is author of several books including Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet: An Impressionist at Glacier National Park and Montana: Images of the Past and The Reservation Blackfeet, 1882-1945. Bill received his doctorate in history from the University of Washington. more...

Doug Lawrence: Doug is the O'Connor Center's computing systems coordinator and IT specialist. He also provides technical support on Center research projects and studies. Doug also regularly teaches in UM’s computer sciences department. He is a graduate of The University of Montana with an M.A. degree in computer sciences. more...

Shellie Nelson: Shellie is the O'Connor Center’s editor of Mountain West News, the Center’s web-based daily source of news and editorial opinion from across the Rocky Mountain West region. She is a graduate of The University of Montana with a degree in journalism. more...

Pat Williams: Pat is an O'Connor Center Senior Fellow Emeritus and taught at The University of Montana. He's a former nine-term Montana representative to the U.S. House of Representatives.  As a member of Congress, he served as House Deputy Whip and member of the House Budget, Education, and Labor; Interior and Agriculture; and Post Secondary Education Committees – serving the latter as chairman. He is a native of Butte, Montana, and former school teacher. He received degrees in business administration from Denver University and in education from Western Montana College. more...