Board of Regents Members

Members (in alphabetical order)

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Regent Fran Albrecht


Fran M. Albrecht

Term Expires February 1, 2019
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A native of Great Falls, Albrecht serves as the executive director of Watson Children’s Shelter in Missoula, a private non-profit that welcomes Montana children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis.  Albrecht is an adjunct instructor teaching Nonprofit Administration and Public Service and Advanced Nonprofit Administration at The University of Montana.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Psychology and Sociology from Gonzaga University and a Master of Education in Early Childhood and Family Studies from MSU-Billings, both with honors.  Albrecht has served in various leadership positions, including past president of the Rotary Club of Missoula, Missoula Chamber of Commerce Board, First Interstate Bancsystem Foundation Board, Leadership Missoula, Missoula Public Schools 21st Century Model for Change and others.  She continues to serve with the Chamber Ambassadors, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Advisory Council, Missoula Nonprofit Network Steering Committee, Loyola Sacred Heart Foundation Board, and First Interstate Bank Advisory Board.  Albrecht has been recognized as a nonprofit leader, providing advisement to nonprofits in varying stages of development and is frequently requested for advisement with capital campaigns, board development, public relations, leadership, strategic planning and effective marketing. Fran is married to Chris Albrecht, a Montana Tech graduate, and they reside in Missoula with children Jayne and Tommy.

Regent Bill Johnstone


William Johnstone

Term Expires February 1, 2017
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William A. Johnstone is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Davidson Companies, an employee-owned financial services holding company based in Great Falls, Montana. Mr. Johnstone joined D.A. Davidson & Co. as President of that firm in 2000, and became President and CEO of Davidson Companies in 2004.

Mr. Johnstone is Chair-Elect of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) board of directors and a member of the Regional Firms CEO Roundtable Group of SIFMA. He was appointed by Montana’s governor to serve as a member of the state’s Board of Regents and is Co-Chairman of Main Street Montana, a statewide economic development initiative. He also serves as a board member of the International Heart Institute in Missoula, Montana and on the Advisory Board of the Minnesota Law School Corporate Law Institute, and until recently was Chairman of the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation. Additionally, he has a long history of service with a number of other local, state and national boards.

Prior to joining Davidson Companies, Mr. Johnstone was Managing Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a Minneapolis-based, international law firm and the same law firm where he began his career. He served as Vice Chairman of the investment firm Dain Rauscher Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1990s after previously serving as President and CEO of Rauscher, Pierce & Refsnes Inc., an investment firm in Dallas, Texas.

A native Montanan, Mr. Johnstone earned a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Montana State University in 1966, with honors. He earned a juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1969 and was an editor of the University of Minnesota Law Review. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Montana Law School, the University of Minnesota Law School, and William Mitchell College of Law.

About Davidson Companies and D.A. Davidson & Co.
Davidson Companies is a regional financial services company that employees almost 1,400 professionals who work from offices in 23 states. Within Davidson Companies are four individual firms: D.A. Davidson & Co., the largest full-service investment firm based in the Northwest; Davidson Trust Co., a trust and wealth management firm; Davidson Investment Advisors, a professional asset management firm; and Davidson Fixed Income Management, a registered investment adviser providing fixed income portfolio management services.

Regent Jeff  Krauss

Jeffrey Krauss

Term Expires February 1, 2015
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Jeff Krauss is currently in his third term as the Mayor of Bozeman, MT. He is the director of finance and administration for the Museum of the Rockies. He served four years as Gallatin County Treasurer. Krauss also worked as an accountant with King Tool Inc. and Deloitte and Touche. He was a member of the Bozeman Local Government Study Commission 1994-96. He recently led a successful effort to pass a Gallatin College mill levy and was Co-Chair of the successful Gallatin County Open Space Bond effort in 2004. He has served in leadership posts with the Montana County Treasurer’s Association, Montana Conservation Corps, Bozeman Noon Rotary Club, Vigilante Theater and the Gallatin County Community Development Block Grant board.

Krauss has a B.S. in business administration from Montana State University, and received the A.L Strand award for a “non-traditional student showing concern for people through campus or community service and exemplifying leadership and scholastic achievement.”

Jeff and Peggy Krauss have been married since 1986. They have raised two sons who both attend Montana State University.

Regent Major Robinson

Major Robinson

Term Expires: February 1, 2018
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Major Robinson is President of REDSTONE Consulting which provides organization, business and project development services to Tribes, Indian organizations and private businesses. Prior to establishing REDSTONE Consulting, Mr. Robinson was Governor Schweitzer's acting Coordinator of Indian Affairs and senior economic development specialist. He co-founded the Montana Indian Business Alliance, as well as the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance and The People's Partners for Community Development. Since earning his degree in architecture from the University of New Mexico in 1986, he has lived and worked in Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York and Orlando working as a creative manager for companies such as Disney, Universal Studios, Landmark Entertainment, Iwerks Entertainment and Sussman & Prejza. Major and his wife, Michelle, reside in Billings with their three children.


Regent Zachary Rogala


Zachary Rogala (Student Regent)          

Term Expires June 30, 2014
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After graduating from Darby High School, Rogala received an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Montana State University-Bozeman in 2010.

While in Bozeman he served as a student senator with ASMSU and was President of the MSU Philosophy Society. He has worked as a skiing professional for the last decade in Germany, Chile, Montana, and is currently employed at the Yellowstone Club. He worked as a whitewater wilderness guide in Idaho with Holiday River Expeditions for seven years, was a fellow with the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy, and served as a Sean Michael Miles Fellow for Senator Max Baucus in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he recently released 'The Montana Ethic Project,' a 34 part online series featuring presentations from Montana leaders on issues pertinent to the state.

Rogala will be a first year law student at the University of Montana in the fall of 2013.

Regent Martha Sheehy


Martha Sheehy

Term Expires February 1, 2021
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Martha Sheehy is a Billings-based attorney who earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Montana in 1985 and 1988, respectively. She has served as president of the State Bar of Montana, on numerous state and federal justice committees and a number of social services boards. Sheehy graduated from UM in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in history with honors and from UM Law School in 1988 as first in her class. She has practiced law in Billings since 1988, the last 15 years at her own Sheehy Law Firm. She has had a focus on constitutional law, contract issues, insurance law and media law, including representing the Billings Gazette and Bozeman, Chronicle in right-to-know cases. She also served on the boards of the Billings YMCA and Youth Dynamics.

Regent Paul Tuss

Paul Tuss (Chair)

Term Expires February 1, 2020
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Paul Tuss serves as the Executive Director of Bear Paw Development Corporation in Havre, a federally-recognized, nonprofit Economic Development District in northern Montana that covers 17,665 square miles, five counties and two Indian Reservations with a total population of approximately 35,000 residents. He previously worked for five years as the Executive Director of Glacier County’s economic development organization, an area that includes Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Indian Nation.

He is Past President of the Montana Economic Developers Association, Past Chairman of the Montana State Employers Council and is a member of the Montana Economic Development Advisory Council and Judicial Nomination Commission. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Montana Nonprofit Association, Montana Cooperative Development Center and Northern Montana Hospital. Paul previously held gubernatorial appointments to the Tourism Advisory Council and the Montana Heritage Commission.

Prior to his appointment as a member of the Board of Regents, Paul served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Montana and as an Advisory Board member for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. He served as a member of the Cabinet for the MSU-Northern Foundation’s Capital Campaign and was a member of the Presidential Search Committee for Montana State University that resulted in Dr. Waded Cruzado becoming President of MSU.

Paul has served as Aide to the Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives, Assistant Secretary of the Montana Senate and was a candidate in 2000 for Montana Secretary of State. A native of Anaconda, he is a graduate of the University of Montana, is married to Pamela Hillery and has two children, Dolan and Caroline.

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