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Respecting Differences 2021: Racial trauma and working together for healing
April 8, 2021

Western Michigan University is proud to take part in the 22nd Respecting Differences diversity program on Wednesday, April 14.

Fall 2021 return to campus
March 23, 2021
We are pleased to announce our plans for fall 2021 in which we will safely return to near-normal operations and the majority of our courses will be offered face to face. 

Discrimination has no place in our society or at Western
March 21, 2021
Through the COVID-19 world health crisis over the past year, we have witnessed examples of the best in us: the heroism displayed by medical professionals and first responders here and across the globe putting their lives at risk to care for those sick with a novel, potentially deadly coronavirus for which vaccination has only recently become available.

Budget update for 2020-21, wage reductions ending early
Jan. 27, 2021
I'm delighted to announce a bit of good news today and the hope for brighter days it signals.

Strategic Resource Management on track, approaches key milestone
Jan. 19, 2021
With about six months to go before implementation, we are nearing a key milestone in our Strategic Resource Management (SRM) development project. 

King's vision offers a response to our current strife
Jan. 13, 2021
The horrifying violence that recently took place at our nation's Capitol was designed to prevent the certification of election results and has left us shaken and concerned for the future of our democracy.

Classes resume in virtual mode Jan. 11 and in previously scheduled modalities Jan. 19
Dec. 18, 2020
In accordance with the Governor's request, WMU will resume classes in distance education mode on Monday, Jan. 11 and will return to other modalities as indicated on class schedules beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, immediately following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

WMU providing new leave time provision in 2021 for COVID-19-related needs
Dec. 9, 2020
Beginning Jan. 11, 2021, the University will offer the opportunity to access up to 40 hours of paid leave for COVID-19-related issues. 

WMU's diversity training programs advance our values, comply with federal regulations
Nov. 23, 2020
This fall, President Trump issued an executive order that has led some organizations to suspend diversity training programs provided to their employees. 

Campus climate survey to begin Oct. 5
Oct. 2, 2020
On Monday, Oct. 5, Western Michigan University will initiate a campuswide diversity climate study.

Governor Whitmer signs Michigan's FY 2020-21 state budget
Sept. 30, 2020
Today Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the state budget for fiscal year 2020-21, which begins Oct. 1. 

New Racial Justice Advisory Committee, Mountaintop Initiatives will address systemic racism
Sept. 23, 2020
As we begin our new academic year, we must summon the demonstrated, collective will on our campus.

COVID-19 dashboard enhancements, operational contingencies
Sept. 21, 2020
We are solving problems as they arise and adapting as we find new and better ways to manage in this unprecedented time.

Trustees adopt 2020-21 budget
Sept. 17, 2020
Early planning is paying off and the creativity and tenacity that we all bring to managing problems as they occur are providing reason for optimism that can carry us forward.

Penalties for violating COVID-19 safety rules in student code, including hosting prohibited parties
Aug. 28, 2020
Everyone on campus is eager to welcome you next week for the start of our fall semester. 

Fall plans for in-person instruction remain in place
Aug. 19, 2020
Recently, some universities have made headlines by choosing to move their fall courses online.

WMU releases Safe Return Plan for fall semester
July 17, 2020
With a month and a half to go before we start fall semester, we have a strong plan that will allow us to come back together on Sept. 2.

WMU's Safe Return Plan and the latest updates on personnel, budget
July 17, 2020
Today, I'm pleased to share our University's Safe Return Plan

While following new federal rules, WMU to continue welcoming, strongly supporting international students
July 10, 2020
Western Michigan University has a long history of welcoming the world to Kalamazoo, and we enroll more than 1,700 international undergraduate and graduate students. We are also proud of having alumni in more than 140 countries.

Campuswide update: The fall 2020 schedule has been set

June 22, 2020
After a great deal of planning, we are very pleased to let you know that on Sept. 2 we will return to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 academic year.

A call for collective action in the face racial injustice

June 8, 2020
For the past two weeks, people across our nation and our world have been ceaselessly raising their voices in protest to demonstrate outrage at the senseless killing of George Floyd and to demand change in the broken systems and forces that led to his death.

WMU values human decency and understanding
May 30, 2020
Our hearts are broken at the violence, discrimination and hatred we have seen unfolding upon our screens and across our nation.

Personnel steps in response to the COVID-19 crisis

April 30, 2020
While we were not able to do so in person, last week we marked an important milestone in the lives of our students—their graduation.

WMU’s budget realities and next steps

April 23, 2020
It has been only six weeks since our last Board of Trustees meeting on March 12. In that brief span of time, it is alarming the degree to which the world has changed.

State budget and staff compensation update
Oct. 2, 2019
As you may have heard, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the state’s fiscal year 2020 budget late Monday night and made decisions about reprogramming agency funding levels on Tuesday.

State of the University
Sept. 20, 2019
Read the full text of President Montgomery's address.

Your voice has been heard, thank you
July 19, 2019
In March, I asked you to take part in the first employee engagement survey Western Michigan University has pursued in years.

21st annual Respecting Differences event: Understanding Unconscious and Implicit Bias
April 4, 2019
As stakeholders of Western Michigan University, we carry a collective responsibility for creating an environment in which every person is respected, appreciated and has an opportunity to succeed.

Our enduring commitment to diversity and inclusion
Oct. 30, 2018
Today, families in my childhood neighborhood in Pittsburgh began laying to rest 11 loved ones, gunned down in anti-Semitic hate. Among them is the mother of my childhood friend.

WMU WeVote Initiative
Sept. 28, 2018
At Western Michigan University, our job is to promote student success and to better prepare students for thoughtful citizenship.

State of the University Address
Sept. 14, 2018
It's great to be here with you all at the onset of this new academic year. It seems like just yesterday I was standing before you delivering my first State of the University address.

New vice president for diversity and inclusion
July 23, 2018
Dr. McCorkle is an experienced higher education administrator, a professor and a diversity leader. She is committed to not only sustaining our culture of inclusivity but also assuring WMU is the "gold standard for diversity and inclusion."

New vice president for marketing and strategic communication
May 24, 2018
This afternoon, we will issue a news release announcing Tony Proudfoot as our new vice president for marketing and strategic communication. He was offered and has accepted the position. His appointment is effective June 27.

Our new provost
May 17, 2018
Following a nationwide search, a round of campus interviews and presentations, and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, Dr. Jennifer P. Bott of Ball State University emerged as the clear choice for our University. She was offered and has accepted the position. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Our commitment to a campus culture of safety and respect
April 18, 2018
Western Michigan University is committed to creating and fostering a working and learning environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strive to be a campus where tolerance and compassion guide our daily interactions with one another. To that end, we want to make sure you are aware of information and resources to help us build and maintain a community free from incivility, discrimination and violence.

WMU's budget model
April 13, 2018
Our existing budget model has guided our approach to financial planning for many years. While we have enjoyed balanced budgets, both the external environment and our internal operating structures have changed. Now is the time to re-examine whether the University's budget process needs to evolve to help us better align with our changing environment.

Respecting differences
March 23, 2018
As members of the Western Michigan University community, we carry a collective responsibility for creating an environment where every person can be respected, appreciated and have an opportunity to succeed.

Announcement of a VP of marketing and strategic communication
March 8, 2018
Today, I am pleased to announce a national search is underway for a vice president for marketing and strategic communication.

Transformational Initiative Fund I announcement
Jan. 9, 2018
This morning, it's my pleasure to let you know about two new campus efforts that will be funded and implemented through the Transformational Initiative Fund I announced at Fall Convocation.

Message from President Montgomery
Jan. 8, 2018
Welcome back to campus and the start of the spring 2018 semester. I hope your winter recess was restful and that you had time to recharge, reflect, and get ready for a productive new year.

State of the University
Oct. 6, 2017
View the full text of Dr. Edward Montgomery's State of the University.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion
Aug. 23, 2017
As we approach the start of the fall semester our campus is busy with preparation for the return of continuing students and the welcoming of new students to the WMU family.

Opening day message
Aug. 1, 2017
It is with a blend of both great joy and great humility that I take the reins today as Western Michigan University's ninth president.

Montgomery Board approval message
April 12, 2017
Dr. Edward Montgomery's address at the April 12, 2017, special meeting of the WMU Board of Trustees at which the board approved his appointment as the ninth president of Western Michigan University.