Montana State University Billings
Outstanding Alumni Award Winners
Dr. Thomas Powell, Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Powell graduated from MSU Billings (then Eastern Montana College) in 1976 and 1979 with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Powell worked with several programs for adults with special needs including the YWCA and Yellowstone County Special Education Cooperative Services. Powell has been very involved in the special needs community and during his time as a student he ran one of the first group homes for adults with disabilities in Billings. Powell and his wife Irene also opened Support and Technology for Empowering People (STEP). STEP is a community-based program that helps families to maintain their child with developmental disabilities in their home. He presently serves as they 24th President of Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Lenette Kosovich, Merit Medallion Award. Kosovich graduated from MSU Billings in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. While working as the Director of Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, the Regional Director for the Health Access Call Center, and the Human Resources Director for St. Vincent Health Care, Kosovich obtained her master’s degree in health administration. She works as the CEO of the Rimrock Foundation.
Brent Roberts, Ronald P. Sexton Award for Professional Commitment to the University. Roberts serves as the Director of the MSU Billings Library. He received his master’s degree in public relations in 2008. This award is named for former chancellor Dr. Ronald P. Sexton and will be awarded periodically to alumni who dedicated their professional careers to serving students and the university.
See also: Nomination Process and Award Criteria