Western Michigan University Picks New President

Western Michigan University has its next president. The school’s Board of Trustees has picked a dean and professor of economics at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy to succeed John Dunn, who is retiring. Edward Montgomery has been picked after a national search. Montgomery served as President Barack Obama’s auto-recovery czar. He has held faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon and Michigan State universities as well as the University of Maryland during a more than 35-year academic career. He has been at Georgetown since 2010. Dunn had planned to retire June 30, but the school says he will continue in his role until July 31. Montgomery will be WMU’s ninth president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.