Mar 15 2013


The University of Montana Foundation has selected Shane Giese as its next president and CEO. Giese’s career includes 27 years in higher education fundraising. He comes to UM from Kansas State University, where he served as senior vice president for development.

“We are pleased and excited that Shane will be joining us as leader of our Foundation,” said Mike McDonough, chair of the UM Foundation board of trustees. “His senior development leadership experience at multiple institutions and his success with educational institution campaigns will enable our Foundation to be a major contributor to the success of The University of Montana.”

Shane Giese

The move to Montana will be a return to the Northwest for Giese and his wife, Joan. He was associate vice president for campaign initiatives and associate vice president for development for the University of Oregon from 2006 to 2011. As associate vice president for development, Giese helped the university vastly exceed a campaign goal of $600 million, ending the campaign with $853 million raised.

Before his tenure at Oregon, Giese was on the staff of Washington State University for 16 years. He began his work there as assistant dean for external affairs/director of development for the College of Business and Economics. He then advanced to vice president and director of corporate and foundation relations. When Shane left WSU, he was senior vice president.

“I look forward to returning to the Northwest and joining The University of Montana Foundation,” Giese said. “The Foundation and the University have strong leadership teams in place. I am excited about the opportunities to help grow the fundraising program.”

Giese began his development career at his alma mater, Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. He worked in banking for two years before moving into higher education development. Giese has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wayne State and a master’s in business administration from Southern Oregon University. He will begin work at the UM Foundation on May 1.

The University of Montana Foundation is a nonprofit entity governed by a 40-member board of trustees. Its mission is to ensure the University’s excellence, access and affordability through a public/private partnership. As president and CEO, Giese will lead the daily activities of the Foundation, serve on President Royce Engstrom’s cabinet and serve as the chief development officer of the University.

“Shane will be a great contributor to the UM community, to Missoula and the state,” McDonough said.

Laura Brehm, current president and CEO, has led the UM Foundation since 2003. She will retire from her role March 31 and work as a development consultant to nonprofit organizations and universities.