Letter from the Alumni Director

On behalf of the University of Montana Alumni Association, I’d like to express our sincerest appreciation and thanks to Wayne Nelson ’83 as he retires from the UM Alumni Board of Directors.

Jed Liston and Wayne NelsonDuring Wayne’s time on the board – three years as a director and four in a leadership position – he worked with three board chairs, three alumni directors and three UM presidents. He guided UMAA and assisted the University through some difficult and tumultuous times, never wavering in his passion for UM and willingness to do whatever it takes to help his alma mater.

Personally, I cannot thank Wayne enough for his rock-steady support and wise guidance during my first year as alumni director. Even though he is president of Stockman Bank in Billings, serves on several other boards and volunteers for numerous other worthy causes, he always had time to take my calls, answer my queries and provide strategic counsel.

Wayne has given so much of his time, talent and treasure to the University of Montana. Being the humble man he is, I know he would say he was only trying to pay back what UM has given to him.

I hope the University and UM alumni everywhere join me in saying thank you, Wayne, for your transformational leadership. You are a proud example of UM alumni meeting the needs of tomorrow by way of service!

Jed Liston ’82, ’00
Alumni Relations Director
UM Alumni Association
President and CEO