Edward B. Montgomery

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Ed Montgomery
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United States Deputy Secretary of Labor
In office
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byKathryn Higgins
Succeeded byD. Cameron Findlay
Personal details
Born (1955-07-03) July 3, 1955 (age 67)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationPennsylvania State University,
University Park
Harvard University (MA, PhD)

Edward B. Montgomery (born July 3, 1955[1]) is an American economist, academic, and politician who currently serves as the president of Western Michigan University. He is one of the key players in helping pull the United States out of the automotive crisis. He served in President Barack Obama's administration and was coined the auto czar of the United States.

Montgomery graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1973 and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2010.[2] He earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Pennsylvania State University in 1976 and his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University in 1980 and 1982, respectively.[1][3] His doctoral dissertation was titled "Tests of Alternative Hypotheses on the Decline in the Personal Saving Rate".[3]

From 1981 to 1990, Montgomery served as an assistant/associate professor in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University. In 1990, he was appointed at the rank of associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he became a full professor in 1992. From 1997 to 1999 Montgomery served as chief economist of the United States Department of Labor in the administration of President Bill Clinton. From 2000 to 2001, he served as Deputy Secretary of Labor, the second highest position in that department. From 2003 to 2009, he served as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.[3][4]

In late 2008, after the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, Montgomery led the presidential transition team concerned with the Department of Labor.[5] In February 2009, he was named by Obama to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry. On March 30, 2009, Obama appointed Montgomery as Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. This position oversees the health of the struggling United States automobile industry as a result of the Automotive industry crisis of 2008–2009.[4]

On August 15, 2010, Montgomery became the Dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.[6]

In April 2017, Montgomery was announced as the ninth president of Western Michigan University. He began his tenure as president on August 1, 2017.[7] In his inaugural address, Montgomery echoed an expression used during the era of WMU's second president Paul Sangren, "That All May Learn," and noted the University's commitment to excellence and inclusion.[8] During his first year at WMU, Montgomery has spoken at length on the need for transformational change. His 2017 and 2018 State of the University addresses detail this philosophy and the specific initiatives proposed to meet that goal.[9][10]

Montgomery married in 1994 and has three children.[1] His father was pioneering labor historian David Montgomery.


  1. ^ a b c "Edward B. Montgomery at a glance". Los Angeles Times. 30 March 2009. Archived from the original on April 2, 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Allderdice Hall of Fame Ceremony is next week". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Edward B. Montgomery. "Curriculum Vitae". University of Maryland, College Park. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  4. ^ a b Trottman, Melanie; Neil King, Jr. (1 April 2009). "Obama Taps A Healer For the Pain". The Wall Street Journal. p. B1. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  5. ^ Kinzie, Susan (30 March 2009). "Economic Recovery Role for Md. Dean". The Washington Post. p. A10. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  6. ^ Pugh, Rachel (10 June 2010). "New Dean of Public Policy Named" Georgetown University". Archived from the original on June 12, 2010.
  7. ^ "WMU names economist, Washington labor expert as ninth president | WMU News | Western Michigan University". www.wmich.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  8. ^ "Inaugural Address by Dr. Edward Montgomery | Office of the President | Western Michigan University". wmich.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  9. ^ "State of the University 2017 | Office of the President | Western Michigan University". wmich.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  10. ^ "2018 State of the University Address | Office of the President | Western Michigan University". wmich.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-26.

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Preceded by United States Deputy Secretary of Labor
Succeeded by