Paul W. Montgomery - 2013 Honorary Alumni

Paul W. Montgomery

The majority of who Paul W. Montgomery is has been shaped by four individuals: his parents and his grandparents. He was born in his grandparents' home in Glade Spring, Virginia, and was the last child in his family to be born at home and not in a hospital. Montgomery's grandmother, Bessie Carter, taught him to appreciate the small things of life such as fishing and making things out of paper. John and Bessie Carter were very humble people who believed in honest work and the importance of education.

Montgomery's parents, Curtis and Mary Montgomery, taught him the importance of family and sacrifice. Both of Montgomery's parents sacrificed formal education to help support their families at very young ages. Again, education was something not afforded to them, but they believed and were determined that their four children receive a formal education. It is that drive and determination that has been the foundation for Montgomery being the first family member to graduate from high school and the first from college. He holds a B.A. degree in history and an M.B.A. degree from King College. That feeling of accomplishment has encouraged him to want others to have that same level of achievement.

Montgomery joined Eastman in 1991 in the Supply and Distribution Division. After holding positions of increasing responsibility, including Manager of Community Relations, he was named Director of Corporate Relations and Travel. Montgomery currently holds the position of Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Services for Eastman Chemical Company. He is responsible for Eastman's corporate services, community relations, and aviation.

He serves on the boards of the Tennessee Board of Regents, East Tennessee State University Foundation, and Northeast State Community College Foundation and is currently serving as President of Kingsport Rotary Club. Montgomery has served as a member of the Kingsport Regional Planning Commission, President of the Kingsport Board of Education, President of the Kingsport Branch of the NAACP, President of the South Kingsport Optimist Club, a Paul Harris Fellow of the Kingsport Rotary Club, President of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Tri-Cities All-America City Partnership.

Montgomery and his wife Cherry reside in Kingsport. They have two children, Christin and Curtis. He is an active member of his church and a volunteer with the Kingsport Rotary Club. Montgomery has been awarded the Baleh-Doak Character Award, the Emory and Henry College Outstanding Community Service Award, Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership Kingsport and the King College Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2008.