As A New President Begins Work, Western Michigan University "Doesn't Stop"

Aug 1, 2017

Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery addresses during his first day on the job
Credit Gordon Evans / WMUK

Western Michigan University’s new president says he is spending his first days on the job getting to know people on campus and in the community. Edward Montgomery officially began his duties as Western president on Tuesday. 

Montgomery says developing long-term initiatives for the university is a process.

“Relatively speaking more of the time and attention needs to be focused on getting to know people, getting to know the issues but we always want to be mindful that the university doesn’t stop. And so how do we keep going with the things that need to keep going? While I learn and then think about what are the strategic big pictures”

Western’s board of trustees voted in June to continue the university’s budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30th. Near the top of the agenda for Montgomery is a new budget for Western.

“We’re looking to see what final enrollment numbers will turn out, we’re looking to see how the labor relations aspects turn out, and we’ll very much be active in jumping into that pond in the next days and weeks ahead."

Montgomery is Western's ninth president. He succeeds John Dunn who retired after a decade leading the university.