The Opportunity

Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University (WMU) currently enrolls over 21,000 students on its five campuses in and around Kalamazoo. WMU is redefining what it means for a student to be successful in a changing world.  While historically a high GPA and academic performance would be strong evidence of preparedness for the world of work, they believe that the world is calling for a new kind of strength – the kind that comes from academic strength paired with a clear sense of purpose and the strength that comes from a focus on holistic well-being.

The Position

Role of the Associate Vice President for Campus Life for Western Michigan University

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the associate vice president for campus life (AVPCL) provides oversight and direction of auxiliary operations; capital construction, renovation and deferred maintenance of both student fee and non-student fee supported facilities. The AVPCL provides leadership for housing and residence life, dining services, the student center, finance and infrastructure, and facilities management as well as related functions including contracts, management of outsourced custodial operations, summer conferences, Kanley Chapel, campus cafés and other retail operations. In addition, the AVPCL provides oversight of strategic planning and goals within the AVPCL portfolio; data-driven decision-making based on ongoing assessment and evaluation of programs and services; and support for the vision, mission and strategic priorities of student affairs with the focused intent of improving the student experience. The AVPCL provides leadership for 130 full and part-time staff including 61 AFSCME employees and 535 students, and oversees a budget from $36 to $40 million.

Because environments and campus culture contribute significantly to the student experience, WMU seeks an AVPCL to provide visionary leadership in overseeing programs, facilities, and services that contribute to a vibrant campus community, students’ well-being and overall student success.

Between 2010 and 2021, Student Affairs has completed over $171 million in new construction and major capital projects. The new student and dining center, located in the newly forming hilltop village, will open in the fall of 2022 with an anticipated total cost of $98.9 million.

The AVPCL plays a critical role in championing campus environments, programs, policies and services that positively impact student learning and personal development, with a deep understanding and commitment to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.  As WMU moves forward with the new student and dining center and housing and dining master planning, the AVPCL will provide a critical role in ensuring all students experience a tangible sense of place and community where they can grow and thrive.  The AVPCL partners with academic colleagues to further develop living learning communities in on-campus housing with the expectation of continuing increased retention rates for on-campus residents.  The AVPCL works in close partnership with facilities management, environmental health and safety, collective bargaining partners as well as those who oversee outsourced custodial operations to ensure safe, clean and well-maintained facilities.  The AVPCL also works closely with the office of general counsel, the office of diversity and inclusion, the office of institutional equity, and the department of public safety to ensure all facilities, programs, policies and services within the portfolio are designed and operationalized with an equity mindset.

Additional responsibilities of the position include:

  • provide visionary leadership that results in a vibrant campus experience focused on students while managing an auxiliary portfolio requiring entrepreneurial skills and financial acumen;
  • demonstrate strategic, innovative, responsive and collaborative leadership both within reporting portfolio and also throughout student affairs and the rest of the campus community;
  • recruit, hire, on-board and supervise employees within the AVPCL portfolio, providing ongoing opportunities for professional and talent development, empowered with accountability, which in turn supports a healthy and positive organizational culture;
  • champion all facility-related projects within the portfolio, including the housing and dining master plan, the hilltop village, the student and dining center and ongoing deferred maintenance activities;
  • oversee ongoing assessment and evaluation activity within portfolio to ensure decision-making is data-informed and reflects a commitment to continuous improvement;
  • build on the success of current living/learning and special interest housing in order to increase faculty and student engagement in these programs;
  • assure the new student and dining center lives up to its stated commitment to embed principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of the operation;
  • utilize an integrated approach to planning and budgeting that ensures financial sustainability for the portfolio and student affairs;
  • utilize current understanding of best practices and legal issues impacting student affairs work, especially those areas within AVPCL portfolio;
  • serve on a variety of university committees as a thought leader who works to ensure focus on the quality of the student experience in all aspects of decision-making, demonstrating a deep understanding and commitment to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • serve on the vice president for student affairs’ (VPSA) cabinet, student affairs leadership team and a number of other division and university-wide committees, modeling a participative and collaborative leadership style, providing insight and strategic thinking based on knowledge of best practice in the student affairs profession and the needs of our current and future students. It is expected that the AVPCL plays a critical leadership role in student affairs and is able to serve in the VPSA’s absence as needed or requested.

History of the Position

Vernon Payne retired as associate vice president for student affairs in January, 2021 after 39 years of service to the university. The portfolio of the position has been modified to include all of the primary auxiliary operations of the student affairs division.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

In the past five years, WMU has reimagined the entire southern portion of main campus with the Hilltop Village project. The project includes new student housing, a new student center and dining facility, retail venues and several other major building efforts.  The first structure to lend shape to the Hilltop Village, a student housing project called Arcadia Flats, opened to students in January of 2021, and the new student center and dining facility, currently under construction, is expected to be complete in the summer of 2022.  The construction of these buildings is the first step to realizing the long-term vision for the Hilltop Village, which will combine housing, retail, office, academic, recreation and athletic spaces in a single, vibrant district. The construction of the new student and dining center and future projects in the village will require the ongoing attention of the AVPCL.

WMU is a large, complex institution. The AVPCL role requires the ability to nimbly navigate the university, develop strong relationships, and earn the respect of peers and senior leadership across campus. An ability to “read the landscape” and be an effective advocate for student auxiliary services will be critical for success.

While it will be important for candidates to have experience with the management of student auxiliary enterprises, the candidate’s combined skills in relationship building, political savvy and intuition will play a critical role in their success at WMU. The successful candidate will have the ability to sift through significant amounts of information and focus on the critical issues. The AVPCL needs the head of a business person with the heart of a student affairs professional.

In addition, stakeholders identified the following challenges and opportunities for the next AVPCL:

  • the ability and flexibility to change course based on shifting institutional priorities;
  • an ability to appropriately amplify the successes of student affairs to keep the departments front-of-mind to senior leadership across campus;
  • the ability to analyze large amounts and information and make timely decisions;
  • maintain a high level of engagement with students, including the ability to respectfully disagree when it is appropriate;
  • earn the respect of senior leadership in order to serve as an advocate for student projects and programs;
  • think across boundaries and develop innovative collaborations.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining WMU, the following items will initially define success for the new associate vice president for campus life

  • The AVPCL has established strong working relationships and partnerships with the vice president for student affairs, division colleagues, senior management staff, and student leaders.
  • An unwavering commitment to excellence and high quality of service, product, program, and delivery is evident in all areas of oversight.
  • Effective leadership and support are in evidence for current and future capital projects.
  • A culture of shared responsibility and accountability among all campus life departments is supported.
  • Positive collaborations between student affairs and other key executive areas of the university, including business and finance; auxiliary enterprises; general counsel; public safety; planning, space management; capital projects; and facilities management are evident.
  • The new AVPCL has a high profile on campus and is engaged in dialogue and public relations with a broad group of constituents to build awareness and support for the ongoing work of student affairs and its role in enhancing the student experience.

Qualifications and Characteristics

A master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs, business or a related field and at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience and success in student affairs in higher education with specific experience working directly with student leaders and student learning are required. A doctorate in higher education, student affairs, business or a related field; experience in student affairs management at a four- year institution of higher education; and at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience and success in student affairs in higher education with specific experience in housing and residence life, dining, student centers/student unions, or other functional areas in student affairs that relate to the AVPCL portfolio are preferred. The ideal candidate will be focused on intentionally shaping environments, policies and practices in order to positively impact the overall student experience; committed to engaging in this work from a justice, diversity, equity and inclusion lens; and forward thinking, collaborative and adept at empowering others to envision the future.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • an understanding and ability to articulate underlying philosophy, purpose, theory, practice and trends of student affairs;
  • demonstrated skill in resource management, financial planning and integrating planning with budgeting;
  • an ability to inspire a shared vision and engage team members to develop strategies and goals to operationalize the vision;
  • demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative and inclusive relationships;
  • direct experience in recruiting, selecting, on-boarding, supervising, retaining and providing professional growth opportunities/talent development for a diverse staff;
  • demonstrated success in implementing change based on data-informed decision-making processes;
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • a willingness to work a flexible schedule with weekends, evenings and other hours as required;
  • demonstrated skill in creating collaborative networks and maintaining key strategic relationships over time;
  • direct experience with strategic planning at the division and university level;
  • evidence of effectiveness in developing and leading a team in strategic and operational planning;
  • experience with fund-raising.

The following characteristics and attributes of an ideal candidate were consistently identified by WMU stakeholders:

  • a strong business sense and entrepreneurial skill set;
  • a competitive outlook, constantly scanning for trends and evolving preferences that impact auxiliary operations on campus;
  • the capacity to serve as a thought leader to keep the division and the institution on the forefront of trends and best practices;
  • a deep and articulate understanding of the issues and dynamics of difference, and be a champion for diversity, inclusion, and social justice;
  • a personal management style that is goal driven, collaborative, and approachable—recognizing that the work of a comprehensive auxiliary enterprise is first and foremost a human endeavor that demands extensive cooperation among individuals of several units in the execution of service to students and other constituents;
  • a desire to work in partnership with a senior management team, providing strategic advice, mentoring, and advocacy—not micromanagement;
  • a demonstrated commitment to take an active interest in students, solicit their input regarding services, and engage them in ways that add value to their experience;
  • strong financial management skills;
  • a commitment to help staff reach personal and professional goals through a supportive work environment, positive staff development, and calculated risk taking;
  • an ability to build social capital and develop critical relationships throughout the university;
  • an ability to navigate complex environments and systems inherent in a large, decentralized public university structure;
  • an understanding of organizational dynamics with an ability to work through the complex, and sometimes political, landscape of a large public institution;
  • a knowledge of facilities management, including maintenance/custodial services and capital planning and renovations;
  • a track record of progressive leadership skills—both within areas directly relevant to auxiliary enterprises and the broader institution—and the ability to influence and manage strategic and organizational change;
  • a high level of personal energy, professional ethics, and integrity.

Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

Mission

The mission of Western Michigan University’s Division of Student Affairs is to foster involvement, growth and development in safe, healthy and inclusive learning environments. All of the programs and services within the division are intentionally designed to support the academic mission of the University, create and sustain optimal learning environments both in and outside of the classroom, and provide appropriate challenge and support for students. A vital component of WMU, the division helps to guide development of students into responsible citizens and future leaders.

Diversity and Inclusion

As indicated in the Student Affairs Strategic Plan and Western Michigan University’s Diversity and Multiculturalism Action Plan (DMAP), we are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. These values are central to achievement, success and a welcoming campus. In order to build intercultural capacity, staff within Student Affairs are expected to actively demonstrate and commit to training and professional development focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Administrative Services

  • Business Operations – Addresses the needs of WMU students, faculty and staff through marketing communications, facility space leases, financial planning, budgeting, and managing central services that support operations.
  • Facilities Services – Ensures that buildings in the student affairs portfolio are maintained to an acceptable standard.
  • Finance and Infrastructure – Advises, develops and oversees financial planning, budgeting, capital and infrastructure projects, and policy matters.
  • Information Systems – Provides technical support to the division of student affairs.
  • Marketing Communications – Provides a variety of support services to units within the division of student affairs, including communication, marketing and web development, among others.
  • Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students – Coordinates services designed to enhance the overall quality of student life at Western Michigan University.

Strategic plan

The vice president for student affairs sets the vision and priorities for strategic planning and assessment efforts across the division of student affairs. She chairs a leadership team, comprised of department directors, which meets bi-monthly to share information and review progress toward the goals and objectives. Directors of each department serve on the leadership team and work with their staffs to ensure that division-wide objectives and strategies are implemented and they also lead departmental strategic planning initiatives. Staff from across the division are charged with the development and implementation of division-wide strategic objectives and strategies. The student affairs assessment committee builds awareness of and expertise in division-wide and departmental assessment efforts, evaluates current assessment efforts in order to coordinate and improve data collection and reporting, and rewards and recognizes assessment efforts in student affairs.

For a detailed look at the plan, visit https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u184/2017/2020StrategicPlanReport-A.pdf

Student Center

The Bernhard Center, currently serving as the WMU student center, offers the entire campus community many services, facilities and programs under one roof. Meeting rooms of all sizes, retail, lounges, food, student support offices, the campus bookstore, and much more provide opportunities to meet, relax, learn and enjoy.

A vibrant and distinctive new WMU student center is under development as part of the hilltop village transformative projects. The new student-focused center will be located in the heart of WMU’s main campus surrounded by student housing, academic buildings and pedestrian walkways.

Intentionally focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, the innovative design includes an array of diverse spaces and customer-oriented retail options. Support for student organizations, affinity space and lounges are integrated into the plan to encourage social engagement and co-curricular activities.

A varied mix of exceptional dining options will be offered featuring restaurant-style dining experiences with fresh prepared-to-order options. Multiple service styles and seating options will cultivate a welcoming and engaging environment. The first two floors will contain most of the student-focused functions, and the third floor includes administrative office space and a full-service dining center.

The building will feature:

  • Admissions welcome center
  • Unique gathering and study and spaces
  • Twelve meeting rooms
  • Four quick-casual restaurants
  • Coffeehouse
  • Residential dining center
  • Campus bookstore
  • Game room
  • Full-service bank
  • Student pop-up space
  • Student media
  • Student organization resources and support
  • Commuter resource center

Additional details about the new student center are available at https://wmich.edu/studentcenter/2022

Dining Services

WMU dining services is dedicated to providing outstanding products and service, assuring a culture of service, and operating with environmentally and fiscally responsible methods.

Students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan as part of the residence hall and dining contract. There are three residence halls that allow a “room only” contract: Henry, Britton and Hadley halls.

Dining services offers a wide variety of options including nine campus cafes. A full list dining locations and meal plan options is available at https://wmich.edu/dining

Residence Life and Housing

The mission of residence life is to foster a supportive, safe, well-maintained residential environment that promotes belonging, academic success and personal development of students.

Vision

To be a responsive housing operation providing transformative experiences.

Mission

To foster a supportive, safe, well-maintained residential environment that promotes belonging, academic success and personal development of students.

Goals

  • Provide learner-focused programmatic opportunities that foster a sense of belonging, student success and community engagement.
  • Enhance services and facilities in response to students’ current and future housing needs.
  • Use data to inform progress and measure overall program effectiveness, including student learning and satisfaction.
  • Provide a positive, supportive and learning-focused Residence Life employment experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

By living on campus, students will…

  • Develop positive, meaningful connections and relationships within their residential community.
  • Be exposed to and gain awareness of individual differences as they engage in a community setting.
  • Gain awareness of how individual actions may affect others, including roommates and the immediate community.
  • Learn self-advocacy, utilizing Residence Life services and resources as needed for personal, academic and life success.
  • Be able to articulate how living on campus is a positive residential and learning experience that was supportive of their academic pursuits.

Who are our students?

  • One in four Western Michigan University students live on campus.
  • 91 percent of first-year students live in the residence halls.
  • One in three students in the residence halls are upper-level students.
  • One in three residence hall students are in a living learning community.
  • An average of 32 percent of residence hall students return for another year in the halls, and the percent grows annually.
  • 33 countries were represented in university housing in fall 2019.

Fund 41 Integrated Planning and Budgeting Group

As a public institution, a commitment to adding value while containing costs is integral to student success. The residence life, dining services and Bernhard Center operations at WMU do not receive tuition revenue or state funds.  The funds they receive are referred to as Fund 41 dollars.  The Fund 41 IPB Group is a collective cross departmental planning group that integrates institutional goals with key strategic initiatives. The group plans, leads and tracks performance indicators through continuous assessment and evaluation. Information and data is collected, reviewed and utilized in decision-making to continually improve the student experience.

Utilizing an integrated planning and budgeting (IPB) philosophy, the group captures synergies and leverages efficiencies by combining planning and budgeting as a single process. The resource management and planning process influences everyday decisions and actions by defining success and focusing on accountability.  The overall success of this structure requires constant planning to assess the environment and implement strategies for change integrated with responsive financial planning, forward thinking and allows for planned or unplanned adjustment of resources when needed.

For more information visit www.wmich.edu/students/planning

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs

Diane Anderson, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Diane Anderson came to Western Michigan University as dean of students; was promoted to associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students in 1999; and in July 2002, became vice president for student affairs. Prior to her time at WMU, Anderson worked in student affairs at Lynchburg College in Virginia, University of Maryland at College Park, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Michigan State University.

Anderson earned a Ph.D. in college student personnel administration from University of Maryland, an M.A. in higher education administration from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in literature from Wheaton College in Illinois. She is well versed in the operations of all student affairs functional areas and has extensive experience in supervision, organizational change, conflict resolution, and student learning and development.

Org chart for Student Affairs: https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u1461/2020/SA2021-009%20SA%20Org%20Chart%20%281%29.pdf

Institution & Location

Institutional Overview

  • Top 11% of universities nationwide – S. News & World Report
  • Top 15 most affordable, eco-friendly colleges – com
  • Excellence in Diversity Award recipient since 2013 – Insight into Diversity
  • Best for Vets. Ranked top 100 eight years in a row – Military Times
  • Top 10 producer of Fulbright Scholars 2017
  • Top 5% business schools worldwide
  • Top 3 aviation program
  • Top 3 jazz program
  • Top sales & marketing program
  • Only fully accredited fine arts college in Michigan
  • Top 100 in the nation for 7 grad programs – S. News & World Report
  • Top 10 Integrated Supply Management program – Gartner
  • 1 of only 2 aerospace engineering programs in Michigan
  • 1 of 185 public institutions classified as a high research university – Carnegie Foundation
  • Largest premiere blindness and low vision studies program of its kind in the world
  • Grand Cleaning Award + Green Seal
  • Autism Center of Excellence

With locations throughout Michigan, as well as online programs, Western Michigan University is always nearby, and ready to help students meet their educational goals, whether career-related or for personal fulfillment. Extended University Programs offers academic programs in these communities:

  • Online Education
  • AMP Lab @ WMU

Michigan Locations

  • WMU-Battle Creek
  • WMU-Grand Rapids, Beltline
  • WMU-Grand Rapids, Downtown
  • WMU-MetroDetroit, Clinton Township
  • WMU-Southwest, Benton Harbor
  • WMU-Traverse City

In addition to providing degree programs for adult learners, Extended University Programs also offers professional development and non-credit opportunities for many ages, as well as courses for older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

About Kalamazoo, MI

  • Top 20 College Town – WalletHub
  • Top 15 Cities for TwentySomethings – Buzzfeed
  • #3 Best Places for Creatives – Smart Assets
  • 35 miles to the shores of Lake Michigan

Thriving arts and culture: From art hops and art fairs to festivals and farmers markets, to entertainment on stage and screen, Kalamazoo is bursting with can’t-miss culture all year round.

A city with character: Nightlife, festivals, eclectic eateries, unique shopping or invigorating outdoor recreation – Kalamazoo delivers.

Community commitment: The Kalamazoo Promise guarantees college tuition to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools—the largest program of its kind.

Industry and innovation hub: Kalamazoo offers students an abundance of internships, jobs and experiential learning opportunities. It’s home to big players like Stryker Corporation, Pfizer, Bell’s Brewery and Zoetis.

Discover Kalamazoo: https://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/

Mission

Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, research university, building intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a way that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action. As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning, and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry.

Vision

Nationally and internationally recognized, the University aspires to distinguish itself as learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged.

Learner centered

  • Western Michigan University is a university where every member of our community is responsive to and responsible for the education of our students. We challenge and engage all members of our community with a university experience that creates skilled, life-long learners.

Discovery driven

  • Western Michigan University offers experiences that enable discovery, and promote creativity and research. We are committed to pursuing inquiry, disseminating knowledge, and fostering critical thinking that encourages life-long learning. Our scholarship creates new knowledge, forms a basis for innovative solutions, leads to economic development, and makes substantial contributions to society.

Globally engaged

  • Western Michigan University impacts the globe positively. We are a community of learners committed to human dignity, sustainability, social responsibility, and justice. Our campus embraces a diverse population of students, faculty and staff who develop learners and leaders who are locally oriented and globally competent, culturally aware and ready to contribute to world knowledge and discovery.

Strategic Plan

The Gold Standard 2020 is an affirmation of the University community’s commitment to the values of shared governance, transparent and timely communication, and accountable and responsible behavior within an ethical, compassionate, diverse and respectful environment.

WMU has embraced the challenge of strategic planning to ensure that it will be a premier educational environment that provides opportunity for a diverse and globally representative community of learners. Those learners will be part of a setting in which discovery and innovation are used to enhance the economic vitality of the communities served and make the world a better and more hospitable place.

The Gold Standard 2020 Embraces Five Strategic Goals

The University Strategic Plan guides the way for the next five years and allows time for meaningful institutional goals to be achieved. Developing the goals, objectives and strategies that will serve the University community both now and in the future, demands that the University undertake honest, thorough and ongoing examinations of the challenges and risks the institution faces. This strategic plan acknowledges that both risk and opportunity must be balanced, assessed and reassessed and includes the mechanisms to meet those demands. Both risks and opportunities must be prioritized as time passes, and resources must be allocated according to that prioritization.  Objectives and strategies have annual benchmarks to measure progress and allow for responsiveness to internal and external changes impacting WMU. Institutional Effectiveness Measures will be used to monitor critical University functions, as well as provide evaluation for continuous quality improvement throughout the Strategic Plan’s implementation and resource allocation processes. Upon formal adoption of the strategic plan by the University’s Board of Trustees, the document will become Western Michigan University’s roadmap into the future. Annual monitoring to ensure benchmarks are met will take place. Each unit and vice presidential area are expected to integrate the goals and objectives of the strategic plan into daily work

The five strategic goals are

  1. Ensure a distinctive and supportive learning experience that fosters success.
  2. Promote innovative learning, discovery, and service.
  3. Progress as a Carnegie-classified higher research doctoral university that advances new knowledge and value-added discovery.
  4. Promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive University culture to ensure social sustainability and accessibility
  5. Advance economic and environmental sustainability practices and policies.

For a detailed look at the strategic plan, visit https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u656/2016/The%20Gold%20Standard%202020.pdf

Leadership

Dr. Edward Montgomery, President

Dr. Edward 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 founding dean and professor of economics at the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Since beginning as president, he has launched initiatives focused on student success, revitalizing the South Campus neighborhood, the development of a new budget model impacting all areas of campus, and the implementation of the revised core curriculum, WMU Essential Studies (WES). As part of his commitment to helping students complete their studies, Montgomery implemented a targeted grant program to assist financially at-risk students.

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. In 2011, he was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was selected for induction to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the academy and the field of public affairs.

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 held a number of positions including chief economist and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department 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.

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.

He has served as an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the National Science Foundation, and on the Comptroller General’s Educators Advisory Committee for the General Accountability Office. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for Law and Social Policy, First National Bank of Michigan, and Southwest Michigan First. He also serves on the Committee on Economic Statistics for the American Economic Association.

Montgomery and his wife, Kari, a Michigan native, have three grown children—Lindsay, Elizabeth and Edward.

Academic Programs and Faculty

Western Michigan University has 39.9% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Western Michigan University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79%.

  • Over 140 undergraduate programs of study at WMU
  • $25.8 million in research grants 2017-18
  • 100+ study abroad programs in 40 countries
  • 5 graduate programs ranked among the top 100 in the nation
  • The Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University is one of the nation’s first honors colleges and serves as the scholarly home to over 1,600 academically talented students. The LHC can provide students in all majors with opportunities for academic enrichment.
  • Academic Learning Communities are a great way to enrich your college experience by living on a floor with others who share your interests or major.
  • Study abroad is an experience that can greatly enhance your education. Western Michigan University students participate in study abroad programs in over 40 countries.
  • Over 1400 faculty members
  • Student to faculty ratio: 17:1

The Student Body

Western Michigan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,051, with a gender distribution of 51% male students and 49% female students. In sports, Western Michigan University is part of the NCAA Division I.

  • 3,307 first-year students started in fall 2020
  • 8% of WMU students are international
  • 90% of first-time freshman live on campus

Benefits Overview

  • Health care benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement and tax-deferred savings plans
  • Tuition discount and remission
  • Wellness program
  • Flexible spending accounts

For a detailed look at benefits, visit https://wmich.edu/hr/employees/staff

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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