UM honors J-School alum Jim Messina

'93 J-School alum, Jim Messina

The University of Montana honored Jim Messina, a 1993 J-School graduate, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award during Homecoming. 

Messina was the man behind President Barack Obama's successful re-election campaign in 2012. He served as Obama's Deputy Chief of Staff in the president's first term. He's been hailed as the "most powerful man in Washington you've never heard of."

Messina remains true to his Grizzly heritage and says that what he learned at the J-School is still paying off. UM President Royce Engstrom thanked Messina on behalf of the university for his continued dedication to mentoring young people and sharing his Grizzly pride wherever he goes. 

Jim earned degrees in both journalism and political science from UM. His nomination as a distinguished alum came from both the School of Journalism and the College of Arts and Sciences. Friends and admirers gathered in Don Anderson Hall Friday afternoon to congratulate him.

- posted 10/07/13 -