Office of the Chancellor

Les P Cook

Greetings! Welcome to Montana Technological University and the vibrant and historic community of Butte, Montana. I know you’ll find both to be ripe for exploration and full of opportunity.

Montana Tech is a phenomenal institution with a rich legacy of preparing individuals to lead lives of consequence in Montana, the nation, and our world. Ranked as the best value engineering school in America, Montana Tech is classified as a “Special Focus University” and delivers the highest return on investment in the state and is number one in the nation for providing the greatest benefit to the country’s economic progress. While these rankings are notable and illuminate our reputation, it’s the educational experiences and the people that are at the heart of the institution.

Many Montana Tech alumni come from ordinary beginnings and go on to lead extraordinary lives. Great Falls, Montana native Ryan Lance, grew up working the summers on his family’s ranch, he now serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company on production reserves. There’s also registered nurse Annie Sutton, who serves as the director of emergency services at St. James Healthcare. Another example of a Montana Tech alum is former kicker and captain of the Oredigger football team, Chris Casne, who is the Commander and Public Works Officer for the United States Navy in Jacksonville, Florida.

At Montana Tech, you’ll find inspirational faculty and staff who are committed to making a difference in the lives of students and helping them on their path to making an impact on our society. The campus provides a unique blend of historic architecture paired with new state-of-the-art living and instructional facilities. In the fall of 2019, the new Student Success Center will open, providing an ideal environment for students to live, learn, gather, and develop lifelong friendships. The campus’ three-story Natural Resource Research Center features one of the most high-tech nanotechnology clean labs in the country and will soon house the Schweitzer Engineering Power-Systems Lab. Montana Tech’s campus is also home to the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. And we are proud to have the only on-campus underground mine education center in the country.

Located just outside your door are abundant outdoor opportunities to explore. From the colorful Rockies and headwater streams, you can hike, bike, ski, camp or simply take in the nearly 4 million acres that await you. Once known as the “richest hill on earth,” Butte’s local mines produced more precious and non-ferrous metals than any other mining district in the world. Couple this history with a diversity of cultures, festivals, and hospitality and you’ll find Butte is a town unlike any other.   

Montana Tech is an energizing and distinctive campus providing a variety of options from our certificate and two-year programs through Highlands College to bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees through the Graduate School, School of Mining and Engineering, and College of Letters, Sciences, & Professional Studies. The university provides a variety of academic offerings ranging from science, technology, engineering, math, healthcare, and technology. Orediggers are driven, real, hardworking, and focused on quality from every angle.

I invite you to visit our campus, dig in, and take advantage of all the adventures that await you.

Dr. Les Cook