James R. Montgomery (’52)

Category: Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame | Communities

Major General (RET) James R. Montgomery graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1952 and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Transportation Corps.

MG Montgomery, following his active duty time, served in several command and staff positions of increasing responsibility culminating as Commanding General of the 310th Theater Areas Command, Ft. Belvoir, VA. His efforts in preparing the Command and all CAPSTONE subordinate units (Active Component, US Army Reserve, National Guard) for the defense of Europe wartime mission were noteworthy and commendable.

MG Montgomery spent over 30 years focused on the area of Institutional Research. He served as Director of Institutional Research at both the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Virginia Tech. He co-founded the (national) Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and helped to found the Southern Association of Institutional Research (SAIR) and the Virginia Association for Institutional Research. He served as President of each of these organizations and the SAIR later established the annual James Montgomery Award in his honor. In 1994, at the ripe young age of 66, MG Montgomery received his law degree and began practicing law. MG Montgomery currently practices law in Blacksburg, Virginia.