Former President Bill Tietz, founder of modern Montana State, dies

Bill Tietz, the hard-charging maverick whose tenure as Montana State University president laid the foundation for the Bozeman campus to become a modern research university, has died.


“It is with great sadness that I write today with news of the passing of Montana State University President Emeritus William J. Tietz,” President Waded Cruzado wrote Thursday on MSU’s website.


Tietz, 93, died at home Wednesday surrounded by his family, Cruzado wrote.