Dr. Edward B. Montgomery became the ninth president of Western Michigan University on Aug. 1, 2017. He came to WMU from Georgetown University, where he had served as dean and professor of economics at that university's McCourt School of Public Policy since 2010.
Montgomery earned a bachelor's degree in economics, with honors, from Pennsylvania State University and both master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University.
During a more than 35-year academic career, Montgomery has held faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon and Michigan State universities as well as the University of Maryland, winning teaching awards some five times over the years. During his tenure at Maryland, he served for six years—2003-2009—as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
During President William Clinton's administration, Montgomery served as chief economist, then counselor and assistant secretary for the Department of Labor, before being named deputy secretary of labor. In the latter role, the department's second highest position, he oversaw operations of a $33 billion federal department. During President Barack Obama's administration, Montgomery was a member of the president's auto task force and led the inter-agency White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers. That position put him in a role national media dubbed "the Auto Czar."
As a researcher, Montgomery has focused on state and local economic growth, wage and pension determination, savings behavior, productivity and economic dynamics, social insurance programs, and unions. For more than two decades, he has been a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and since 2006, he has been a fellow of Stanford University's Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality.
Since 2011, he has served on the Comptroller General's Educators Advisory Committee in Washington's General Accountability Office. In 2011, he was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for Law and Social Policy. He also serves on the Committee on Economic Statistics for the American Economic Association.
Messages from 2020
A Call for Collective Action in the Face of Racial Injustice, Edward Montgomery
Office of the President, Edward Montgomery
Personnel steps in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Edward Montgomery
President Montgomery's Remarks to the WMU Board of Trustees, Edward Montgomery
Messages from 2019
2019 State of the University Adress, Edward Montgomery
State budget and staff compensation update, Edward Montgomery
Your voice has been heard, thank you, Edward Montgomery
Messages from 2018
2018 State of the University Address, Edward Montgomery
Announcement of a VP of Marketing and Strategic Communication, Edward Montgomery
Message from President Montgomery, Spring 2018, Edward Montgomery
New Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Edward Montgomery
New Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Communication, Edward Montgomery
Our Commitment to a Campus Culture of Safety and Respect, Edward Montgomery
Our Enduring Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Edward Montgomery
Our New Provost, Edward Montgomery
Transformational Initiative Fund I Announcement, Edward Montgomery
WMU's Budget Model, Edward Montgomery
WMU WeVote Initiative, Edward Montgomery
Messages from 2017
9/11 Memorial Event, Edward Montgomery
Inaugural Address by Dr. Edward Montgomery, Edward Montgomery
Montgomery Board Approval Message, Edward Montgomery
Opening Day Message, Edward Montgomery
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Edward Montgomery
State of the University 2017, Edward Montgomery