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Guest column: Higher education a wise investment for Montana

An editorial in Sunday’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle effectively called attention to the importance of paying competitive wages and salaries to university faculty and staff. This attention is a positive sign, as the community newspaper, many elected state officials, and the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education seem to have a common focus on effective compensation methods to support continued excellence in education.

Montana State University has been able to attract amazing faculty and staff at “below-market” salaries for many years. Most of the faculty and staff choose to work at MSU for reasons other than the financial: incredible colleagues, motivated undergraduates, quality graduate students, path-breaking research and creative opportunities, deep engagement with our community, state, and globe, as well as the chance to live in the Last Best Place.

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