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The BOC Mourns the Passing of Dave Montgomery

It is with great sadness that the Board of Certification (BOC) announces the passing of Dave Montgomery, public director on the BOC Board of Directors and longtime advocate for the athletic training profession. Montgomery had a positive impact on the BOC, the athletic training profession and the lives of everyone that knew him.

“Dave was tireless in his pursuit of constantly raising the level of this profession,” said Anne Minton, CEO of the BOC. “The contributions he made over many years have changed lives. His presence will be sorely missed.”

To honor Montgomery, the BOC has renamed its Public Advocacy Award to the Dave Montgomery Advocacy Award. This award recognizes individuals, groups or organizations who demonstrate leadership in protecting athletic training consumers. Recipients are leaders in the conception, construction and/or modification of Athletic Trainer regulation that protects the public and athletic training consumers.

The BOC recently presented the Dan Libera Award 2020 to Montgomery for his instrumental leadership in creating the high-level certification process that exists today for the athletic training profession.

“In reading the BOC’s vision, mission and values, and in looking at the criteria for the Dan Libera Service Award, I can think of no individual who is more deserving of this award than Dave Montgomery. Dave is an individual for whom I hold in the highest regard personally and professionally. Personally, he embodies the values the BOC stands upon. Professionally, his commitment to all that the BOC mission stands for is incomparable,” said Russell J. McKune, ATC, BOC past board president.

Montgomery made demonstrable and long-standing contributions. With delivery of a presentation at the 2005 Regulatory Conference, his impact began. His service to the BOC as a member of the Standards Committee from 2006-2009, as co-chair of the Regulatory Conference Advisory Panel from 2009-2017, and as a current board member for the past three years, clearly demonstrates a servant’s heart and a passion for regulation, credentialing and public protection. Outside of the BOC, he served the athletic training profession in strategic planning leadership and facilitating legislative activities for the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association.

“As the public member of our board Dave’s personality and intellect always received the immediate attention of everyone in the room as soon as he began to speak; as a friend he was a fascinating and inspiring person to us all. Dave’s presence inside and outside of the board room will be missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him, there was no greater friend to our profession,” said Patrick Sexton, EdD, ATC, BOC board president.

A former national president of the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), Montgomery was instrumental in developing CLEAR’s Executive Leadership Program for Regulators and was a facilitator for this successful program through 2014. He served as a member of CLEAR’s Board of Directors for 12 years, including serving as its international president from 1995-1996.

Montgomery retired from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. During his 39-year career, he specialized in the regulation of health professionals and the organization and re-engineering of regulatory systems. His primary service was as executive director for the Nebraska State Board of Health and as director of Nebraska’s Sunrise Program, through which the athletic training profession secured licensure in Nebraska. His tenure also included three years of service as the administrator for the occupational therapy and physical therapy boards. He was co-leader of the project that oversaw the re-writing and codification of the Nebraska Uniform Credentialing Act in 2008 and the multitude of regulations developed from it.

Following his retirement, Montgomery remained active as a consultant working with professional organizations and regulatory boards focused on governance, leadership training and strategic planning.

He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Shirley, and two adult sons. Montgomery’s obituary and information about funeral services can be found HERE.

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