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The MSU Alumni Foundation has welcomed five new members to its Board of Governors and named Cory Pulfrey of Bozeman as the new board chairman.

At the Board of Governors meeting last month, five new members also joined the Alumni Relations Advisory Board.

The new volunteers will join with current members in providing leadership and fiscal oversight for the Alumni Foundation and support its fundraising and alumni engagement.

“These 10 confirm their commitment to creating lifelong relationships and strengthening the Alumni Foundation's resources to advance Montana State University,” said Kitty Saylor, the Alumni Foundation's interim president and CEO.

Pulfrey takes over from outgoing board chairman Mike Ferris of Columbus, Georgia. Pulfrey, who graduated from MSU in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, has served on the Board of Governors since 2011. Former co-head of Morgan Stanley's Alternative Investment Partners, Pulfrey also sits on the board of MSU's Innovation Campus, served on the MSU Foundation board of directors from 2005 to 2011 and headed the most recent search committee to hire the MSU Alumni Foundation's new CEO. Pulfrey is a member of the Bobcat Quarterback Club.

Other new Board of Governors members are:

  • Kathleen “Kay” Chafey of Bozeman, professor emeritus in nursing, who served as associate and interim dean of MSU's College of Nursing and as MSU's assistant and interim provost.
  • Helene Michael of Condon, a 1985 MSU graduate, who enjoyed a 25-year career in the aerospace industry before returning to serve on MSU's Engineering Advisory Board, the MSU Bobcat Mentoring Program and helping to establish the Boeing Employee Alumni Scholarship. MSU awarded her an honorary doctorate in engineering in 2013.
  • Robert Morrison of Clancy, president of Morrison-Maierle Inc., a Montana-based engineering company. Morrison graduated from MSU with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and master's degree in 1978. He also served on MSU's Civil Engineering Advisory Committee.
  • Jeff Sipes of Lake Tapps, Washington, a principal engineer with Boeing, who helps to recruit MSU graduates and helped establish the Boeing Employee Alumni Scholarship. Sipes graduated from MSU with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California. He is the founding chairman of the MSU Alumni Association's Puget Sound Charter Chapter and vice chair of the Alumni Relations Advisory Board.
  • Jim Williamson of Larkspur, Colorado, founder and former CEO of New West Technologies. Williamson earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from MSU in 1971 before earning a master's degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Williamson has served on two presidentially appointed commissions.

New members of the Alumni Relations Advisory Board include: Marshall Kath of Dallas, a retired insurance company CEO and 1981 MSU business graduate; Blake Rasmussen of Antelope, who operates his family's farm and served as ASMSU student body president; Alyssa Reynolds of Las Vegas, a city traffic engineer who earned MSU bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering; Daniel Smith of Polson, owner of Double Entendre Design; and Nancy Seleski of St. Paul, Minnesota, a 1986 MSU graduate and engineer with 3M.

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