presidents. Being a dean at two outstanding universities was another positive, Dunn said. “He’s a really great connection and find for us,” Dunn said, agreeing with Montgomery that WMU is student-centric and that his background will help the college’s financial stability. “He’s a good listener and we need good listeners,” Dunn said, and he believes Montgomery will take action after gathering information about issues. The president-electhas a lot of energy, WMUs current president said, and his personality is a good fit for the university. “You want whoever follows you to be even better academically, because that’s what you want for the institution,”Dunn said. curriculum vitae“Don’t take Western Michigan University lightly,” he said. “This is a great place and we can compete with anyone anywhere anytime.” Western Michigan community ‘excited’ for future with new president WMU Trustee Ron Kitchens called Montgomery an authentic leader. “This isn’t somebody with a resume and a firm handshake,” he said. “This is a man who his entire career has gotten up and led. He’s a man whose father pulled himself from being a mechanic to being one of the most renowned historians in the country and that work ethic permeates Dr. Montgomery.” Kitchens said he believes Montgomery will build on the tradition of presidents before him to be student-centered. “The Internet will be flooded with selfies of he and students together,” Kitchens said. Montgomery had a large pool of employees as the deputy director of the labor department and had to think in a global perspective, said Kitchens, who interacted with Montgomery when he was the Auto Czar. “I saw a leader who came to our state and listened,” Kitchens said, before he broughtresources to help others achieve success. “He transitioned communities, he helped transition companies, but he listened.” Trustee William Johnston chaired the 22-member search committee that reviewed a pool of 78 applicants and interviewed nine, before recommending three who the board of trustees to interviewed.
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(Liz Martin/The Gazette) Corey DePauw, Jones Golf Course head superintendent, mows the course at Jones Golf Course in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) Signs at tee boxes need to be reinstalled for the season at Jones Golf Course in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) Jones Golf Course still is closed for the season in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, but will reopen this summer. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) Jones Golf Course still is closed for the season in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, but will reopen this summer. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) B.A. Morelli More stories from B.A. Apr 18, 2017 at 6:04 pm | Print View CEDAR RAPIDS Jones Golf Course is tentatively slated to open on Monday, May 15, with a handful of changes designed to improve its balance sheet, Cedar Rapids staff told members of the Parks, Waterways and Recreation Commission on Tuesday. This is a shift from the citys previous plan to close the 18-hole municipal course which lost more than $800,000 over the past five years as part of an effort to curb losses in the citys golf department. The biggest change at Jones is to the operational model, said Lisa Miller, the citys golf operations manager.
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