“You want whoever follows you to be even better academically, because that’s what you want for the institution,”Dunn said. “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. He said the candidates who rose to the top had a complete set of experiences in academia, and also leadership roles. Montgomery is a “transformational leader” who can help the school advance beyond where it is now, Johnston said. “In his experience in the federal government, he was tasked with doing really important thingsin the Department of Labor and also under Obama during the severe recession, to help the auto industry,” he said. The angst Johnston said he felt about whether or not the search would attractthe right people was relieved once he met the nine people the committee interviewed. The confidential search, a different process than past WMU president searches when finalists were revealed and interviewed publicly, was part of the reason for its sucess, he said.Find Out More
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and Russia feuded about Syria. “We’re not getting along with Russia at all,” Trump said. “We may be at an all-time low.” Trump’s declaration came at a joint news conference with the leader of NATO, an alliance established as a Cold War bulwark against the Soviet Union. Trump had dismissed NATO as “obsolete,” but now says it is “no longer obsolete.” As he shifts away from Russia, Trump is offering an outstretched hand to China. Trump recently hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Florida resort, and on Thursday hailed Xi as a “terrific person” and a “very special man.” For years Trump said that China was “eating our lunch,” and he peppered his campaign rallies with promises to label China a currency manipulator as one of his first acts. He even threatened to start a trade war, arguing that China’s trade surplus was the reason for America’s economic woes. Trump’s growing focus on the North Korean threat, heightened by signs the North might soon conduct another nuclear test, has changed Trump’s thinking. Now he is looking for help from China, North Korea’s dominant trade partner, and easing up on his rhetoric. “I think China has really been working very hard” on North Korea, he said. Coinciding with this new assessment was Trump’s announcement that he won’t declare China a currency manipulator.
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