Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA)
Paul Tuss serves as the Executive Director of Bear Paw Development Corporation in Havre, a federally-recognized, nonprofit Economic Development District in northern Montana that covers 17,665 square miles, five counties and two Indian Reservations. He previously worked for five years as the Executive Director of Glacier County’s economic development organization. He is Past President and current Vice President of the Montana Economic Developers Association and Past Chairman of the Montana State Employers Council. He serves as a member of the Montana Economic Development Advisory Council, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Montana Cooperative Development Center and Northern Montana Hospital. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Montana Nonprofit Association. Paul previously held gubernatorial appointments to the Tourism Advisory Council, Montana Heritage Commission and the Judicial Nomination Commission.
Paul was appointed to the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education in November of 2011 by Governor Brian Schweitzer and reappointed by Governor Steve Bullock in March of 2013. He was confirmed to the Board of Regents by the Montana State Senate on April 18, 2013. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents. Prior to his appointment on the Board of Regents, Paul served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the University of Montana and as an Advisory Board member for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. He served as a member of the Cabinet for the MSU-Northern Foundation’s Capital Campaign and was a member of the most recent Presidential Search Committee for Montana State University.
Paul has served as Aide to the Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives, Assistant Secretary of the Montana Senate and was a candidate in 2000 for Montana Secretary of State. A native of Anaconda, he is a graduate of the University of Montana, and has two children, Dolan and Caroline.