LIZ WEBER Bozeman Daily Chronicle
BOZEMAN — As Montana State University’s campus prepares to shake off the summer slumber and welcome the bustle of returning students, its President Waded Cruzado sits in her office surrounded by Bobcat memorabilia and blue and gold.
In an interview with the Chronicle in late July, Cruzado applauded the successes of the past year and looked ahead to the upcoming Montana Legislature, continued campus growth and challenges around hiring and housing.
Looking back at last year, Cruzado said she was proud that the university held in-person classes. As the university heads into school year three impacted by COVID-19, the safety measures will look largely the same, with vaccines and testing available through Student Health Partners.
“Our students felt that we listened to their concerns and they wanted for us to know that they loved being on campus, learning in classrooms, having access to their faculty members in person. That was very important to us,” Cruzado said.
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