Professor Jerry Girard has been a full-time counselor at the University of Montana-Western since 2011. He joined the University of Providence faculty the same year. Prior to his collegiate career, he logged 13 years as a high school teacher and coach. His innate empathy with students helps them to overcome emotional and situational obstacles and achieve their personal and academic goals.

A qualified addictions counselor, he also works with clients to address substance use issues, including tobacco use. The athletic goals of university student-athletes are also important to Professor Girard. A track and field standout, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Minot State University in 2005. He actively promotes wellness activities on campus at both of the universities where he works, encouraging students to embrace a healthy, integrated lifestyle.

Professor Girard resides in Dillon, Montana, where he serves as vice chair of the Beaverhead County Mental Health Local Advisory Council, as well as former president of the Southwest Montana Arts Council. He fancies himself an amateur scholar of classic American music.

BS, Minot State University
MS, University of Providence
MSC, University of Providence

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”
-Carl Rogers, 20th century psychologist