Judy Fredenberg

Number of Years in Research Administration: 26

Institutions: University of Montana


Judy Fredenberg was the assistant vice president for research and federal relations at the University of Montana until her retirement in 2020. She worked at UM for 39 years in various professional positions, with 28 for the Vice President for Research where her duties ranged from leading a lifecycle office of sponsored programs, to disseminating grant information, to chairing the IRB, to a multi-year stint as the University’s federal congressional liaison. She has served on numerous standing and ad hoc institutional committees. This diverse academic experience affords a unique institutional perspective with an emphasis in policy and program development, communication, and facilitation.

An active NCURA member since 1981, she is a past NCURA president (2011) and a current peer reviewer. She has chaired NCURA's Board of Directors, the national Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, and a national annual meeting. A past traveling workshop faculty member for Fundamentals, Judy has also served on many NCURA national and regional committees, as a regional officer and chair, and given a multitude of presentations to local, regional, and national audiences. Judy received the NCURA Julia Jacobsen Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and, in 2020, the NCURA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration, NCURA's highest honor. In 2021, Region VI recognized her with their Outstanding Volunteer Service award. As a result of regional and national NCURA involvement throughout her career, she has experience in event planning, program organization, and leadership development.

A native Montanan, she is active in her community and enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana.