Dr. Deb Kottel teaches law, and coordinates the online paralegal program. She has been chair of the faculty, faculty representative to the board of directors, and a leader of various faculty governance committees throughout her distinguished academic career. Her experience includes four terms as a Montana State Representative (1995-2009), as well as Commissioner of Transportation for the State. A Chicago native, Kottel moved to Montana in 1987.

Dr. Kottel believes in service learning and started Camp SkyChild, a camp for children with a parent in prison in 1990. UP students help organize and run the camp. She is currently on the board of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Grace Home (for homeless veterans), and chairs the Community Health Clinic Board. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening.

BS, Loyola University
JD, DePaul University

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
-Mother Teresa