Joseph Thiel is the director of academic policy and research for the Montana University System. His responsibilities include coordinating development of the state science and technology plan, organizing Montana’s Science and Technology Committee, transfer tools and policy, program approval and review, and system student success initiatives. Joe holds bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and liberal studies from Montana State University. He attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning both a master’s of public policy and a master’s in education. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in education, with a research focus on education policy, also through the University of Oxford.