“I am excited by this opportunity to work with President DeGioia and the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the GPPI community,” Montgomery said, according to a press release.
Montgomery’s career spans both the federal and academic worlds—and then back again. The new GPPI Dean comes to Georgetown after time at the White House as both a member of President Obama’s Task Force on the Auto Industry and as the Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. (In other words, he was the guy tasked with helping that areas that suffered after the federal government’s restructured General Motors.)
Before his latest stint with the federal government, Montgomery worked at the University of Maryland as both an economics professor and Dean of the College Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Montgomery also worked under President Clinton as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Labor in the late 1990s.
Montgomery will officially become the GPPI Dean on August 15. GPPI, which has an enrollment of about 450 students, specializes in master’s degrees in public policy and policy management.
After the jump, we’ve posted DeGioia’s full e-mail announcing the Dean Montgomery’s hire.
Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:
It is with great pleasure that I announce that, in close consultation with Provost James J. O’Donnell, I have appointed Edward B. Montgomery as Dean of Georgetown Public Policy, effective August 15, 2010. Dean Montgomery joins our community following service on President Obama’s Task Force on the Auto Industry and as the Executive Director of White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers.
Dean Montgomery has had a rich career in government and higher education. Before his 2009 appointment by President Obama, he was Dean of the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences from 2003–2009, where he also served as a Professor of Economics since 1992. As Dean of the University of Maryland’s largest college, he focused on building their social science research program which has ranked 10th in faculty productivity, broadening the undergraduate experience, and expanding diversity.
Prior to his service at the University of Maryland, Dean Montgomery served as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Clinton Administration. He holds a B.S. (Honors) in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.
I am deeply grateful to William T. Gormley for his outstanding service and leadership as Interim Dean of GPPI. I also want to express my sincere thanks to the search committee, led by Professor Robert Pitofsky, for its commitment to conducting an inclusive national search and identifying the very finest leader for the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.
Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dean Montgomery. I very much look forward to our work together and the dynamic leadership he will bring to the bright future of Public Policy at Georgetown.
You have my very best wishes.
John J. DeGioia