Impact of Giving: Paul Husted

Helping People Help Themselves

Bachelor’s degree in secondary education, 1977. Master’s degree in special education, 1980. Montana State University Billings Distinguished Alumnus, 2016. Mentor. Trustee. Pioneer. One of the most accomplished advisors in Edward Jones history.

It’s easy to list Paul Husted’s accomplishments. But more meaningful to Paul and his wife, Lori, are the accomplishments they have facilitated through philanthropic giving and service.

“Our family believes very strongly that if you assist people in helping themselves, they, too, will help others. It is contagious,” remarked Paul.

In 1971, Paul Husted graduated from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Iowa. He went on to attend Marshall Town Community College where he played football for two years and graduated. In the fall of 1972, Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) offered Paul a scholarship to attend and play football. This was a life-changing opportunity for the young athlete as he could not afford to attend college.

“I feel I was around coaches, teachers, and counselors who helped and supported me throughout my educational experience. In particular, Coach Mike Harkins, Glenn Iverson, and Doc Smith all had great influence in my life,” recalled Paul. “So I, in turn, have tried to pay it forward. We established a scholarship because I feel a responsibility to give back to causes that have the purpose to help others who want to make improvement and grow their educations.”

Paul parlayed his experience as an athlete and a talent for sales into a career with Edward Jones, where he is recognized in the organization as a corporate and industry trailblazer as well as an influential leader in the investment industry in Montana.

“I learned at an early age that athletics could have a very positive influence on how you set goals, and that hard work in the classroom and on the athletic field will teach you a great deal about how to be successful in life,” Paul explained. “I found the principles I learned from coaches and teachers, when applied properly to my business, led to great success in my work at Edward Jones.”

Now the couple is “paying it forward” through the Husted Endowed Scholarship at MSU Billings for business and finance students hailing from Great Falls. But the Husteds’ devotion to access and excellence extends beyond the ’Jacket Family.

“Our family has a passion for educating and supporting young people who want to help themselves. Our greatest passion over the last 25 years has been Compassion International, through which we have provided education, health, and spiritual growth to young people in Africa, Philippines, and Latin America,” said Paul. “We established a scholarship with the Great Falls Public School Foundation and a Register Nursing Scholarship with Benefis Health Care Foundation.”

Paul considers MSU Billings a hidden gem – one that he, his classmates, and all scholarship recipients have a responsibility to support and promote.

“Alumni should never forget the people who influenced us at MSU Billings. At that time, people were paying it forward to us and now we have an opportunity to do the same,” he said. “We need to let other communities know more about all of the different programs of study offered. I feel Chancellor Nook is leading the University in a new direction, and I am very excited to see what happens.”

The Husteds live in Great Falls, Mont., and are the proud parents of Erin, Anna, and Jordan.

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Paul Husted and Sarah Brockel

Paul Husted, pictured with Director of Alumni Relations Sarah Brockel ’02 and ’09, was recognized March 18, 2016, as MSU Billings Distinguished Alumnus in recognition of his personal, professional, and civic contributions, while bringing a sense of honor, pride, and recognition to the University community.