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For immediate release
June 10, 2010
Contact: Rachel M Pugh
Georgetown Appoints Edward Montgomery Dean of Public Policy

Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University today announced Edward Montgomery will become dean of public policy, effective Aug. 15. As dean, Montgomery will lead the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI).

Montgomery joins the Georgetown community from the Department of Labor, where he has served as executive director of White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers on the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry since spring 2009.

“I very much look forward to our work together and the dynamic leadership Edward Montgomery will bring to the bright future of public policy at Georgetown,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “Georgetown is located at the crossroads where policy and politics meet. Our D.C. location and global presence and Catholic and Jesuit identity offer truly distinct resources as we expand upon our existing strength in public policy and respond to the changes and challenges of the 21st century.”

Housed within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, GPPI has an enrollment of about 450 students and offers master’s of public policy, master’s of policy management and several policy-related certificates. In addition, GPPI includes more than a dozen research centers, organizations and projects. Students are trained and prepared to put policy into practice – in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, at home and around the world. GPPI faculty members are conducting cutting-edge research on today's most important policy issues and recommending effective solutions.

“I am excited by this opportunity to work with President DeGioia and the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the GPPI community,” Montgomery said. “Given its current strengths, Georgetown is ideally positioned to become one of the global leaders in the development, education and implementation of public policy.”

Aside from his White House appointment, Montgomery has had a rich career in government and higher education. Before joining the Department of Labor, he served from 2003–2009 as dean of the University of Maryland's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where he has also served as a professor of economics since 1990.

As dean of the University of Maryland’s largest college, Montgomery provided leadership over 11 academic departments offering a broad range of educational programs both at College Park and in China. Montgomery strengthened the undergraduate experience at the college by reducing class sizes, expanding the use of classroom technology, and increasing undergraduate internships. He also increased the college’s support for graduate student fellowships and expanded diversity outreach.

Prior to his service at the University of Maryland, 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. with honors in economics from Pennsylvania State University, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Montgomery will replace William T. Gormley, Jr. who has served as GPPI’s interim dean since fall of 2008.

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