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Sandy Stash to Deliver Montana Tech Commencement Address


Sandy Stash has been named as the commencement speaker for Montana Tech’s 2015 ceremony. The university will graduate 539 students on May 16, 2015 at the Butte Civic Center. Stash’s speech is titled, What you have really learned at Montana Tech - and the amazing things your investment can bring to your life.

“Sandy was a very popular choice by our Associated Students of Montana Tech leadership, and I know everyone will enjoy her message,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “Sandy will be passionate about life, working hard, and exploring all the opportunities the future holds for our students. She has a great story, including being one of the first women to work as a drilling and project engineer and drilling rig foreman for ARCO. Sandy is a wonderful worldwide advocate for Montana Tech. I encourage all to come hear her message.”

“I have a long-standing relationship with Montana Tech dating back to my time in Butte managing cleanup operations for the Atlantic Richfield Company,” explained Stash. “I am thrilled to speak to this year's graduating class and hope to provide a few 'nuggets' to our graduates based upon my experience.”

Sandy has over 30 years of international management and board experience. Her professional career spanned leadership positions in operations, project management and the global management of multiple functional organizations in the oil and gas sector, manufacturing, and the hard rock and coal mining industries. Through her direct oversight of several very public and controversial natural resource, public health, and environmental issues in these sectors, Sandy has built unique capabilities in risk and crisis management, regulatory, public and government affairs, and corporate social responsibility and has deep business and operations experience on six continents.

Sandy joined Tullow Oil in London, UK in October of 2013 as its Group Vice President of Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs.

Sandy has been an ardent advocate of Montana Tech, and has been involved with the Montana Tech Foundation Board since 1994, serving in many leadership capacities. Sandy currently serves as Chairman of the Montana Tech Foundation Board.

For more information, please contact Amanda Badovinac, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, at 406-496-4828 or abadovinac@mtech.edu.