MISSOULA, Mont. — An outgoing University of Montana vice president says he’s concerned the wife of university President Seth Bodnar is seeking confidential student information as part of a student recruitment effort.

Tom Crady was hired to increase the school’s enrollment but his contract wasn’t renewed. He says Chelsea Elander doesn’t work for UM, but has asked for student data.

Emails obtained by the Missoulian indicate Elander asked for transcripts, grants and scholarships, family income, religion and social media information.

UM attorney Lucy France says the campus has not given any data to The Messina Group. CEO Jim Messina, a UM graduate who led former President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, offered his firm’s help.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says he supports Elander and Messina and that student data is protected.

UM’s enrollment has dropped nearly 30 percent since 2010.


Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com