MISSOULA – University of Montana president Seth Bodnar’s inauguration was held on Friday at the Oval.
Students, former staff and community members gathered to watch the ceremony where Tony Incashola, a senior member of the Salish and Kootenai cultural committee, performed a blessing ritual with sage and endowed the president with good luck to banish evil.
After delivering a speech on dedication and service to the community, Bodnar was given the presidential medallion and swore an oath to serve the university to his fullest capacity.
“It’s about you. It’s about service. Ultimately, it’s about all of us and I thank you for being here. I thank you for being a part of this great institution,” Bodnar said. “And let’s go get to work everybody.”
The inauguration ceremony kicked off the UM family weekend that welcomes the families of students and staff to have fun on campus.
Bodnar is the 19th president in the history of the University of Montana.
Story by Donal Lakatua, MTN News