Dr. Richard Montgomery is a native of Akron, Ohio and a graduate of East High School. As an accomplished student-athlete, he attended historically Black colleges in Louisiana and Virginia on athletic scholarships. He earned his bachelors’ degree in education from Norfolk State University in 1995. One year later, Dr. Montgomery was selected as a graduate fellow in the Akron Children’s Hospital-Kent State University fellowship program, where he was trained to clinically evaluate infant and toddler development and develop therapeutic intervention plans to support their early education. Dr. Montgomery graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in early childhood special education with a minor in school psychology. His ongoing passion for institutional change in education led him to pursue his doctorate in the educational leadership school superintendency program at The University of Toledo. Dr. Montgomery focused his dissertation research on the achievement gap and how teachers’ thinking and beliefs impact their classroom practices.
Dr. Montgomery’s modest beginnings have compelled him to use his education to serve his community, both locally and globally. As a graduate student at Kent State University, Dr. Montgomery founded the Kent State University Student Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the chapter was recognized for becoming one of the largest and most active chapters in the region. During his tenure as president, the chapter led a number of successful policy campaigns to improve the quality of life for students on campus. More recently, Dr. Montgomery was featured in an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in which he argued that, as the largest producer of college graduates in the region, Kent State University must support the exposure of each graduate to the exploration and study of people from the African and Latin American diaspora. As President Emeritus of the NAACP chapter, Dr. Montgomery led a successful campaign to increase the financial investments being made to the cultural studies department.
Dr. Montgomery’s leadership for acquiring and sustaining policy equity for underrepresented groups at the college level has been recognized nationally. In 2014, Dr. Montgomery was nominated for Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards in the category of Community Leadership for the Northwest Ohio region and was ranked in the top five among the national finalists. As an administrator and assistant professor in The University of Toledo’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Montgomery recognized that nearly 90% of the African American males entering as freshmen were ineligible to return for the sophomore year, a statistic that was much different than those for other cultural groups. In 2007, Dr. Montgomery initiated a program to increase the number of African American males who were retained through graduation. Over a five-year period, the program grew to nearly one hundred students, with a retention rate over 80%. In 2014, 1 in 4 black male graduates from the university were participants in this program. Included in Dr. Montgomery’s service to the community is his international work. In 2004, Dr. Montgomery was appointed as education adviser to Jetsun Pema, former president of the Tibetan Children’s Village in Bhagsu, India and ex-officio Tibetan parliament member, Nawang Llhamo. As education adviser, Dr. Montgomery provided expert advice on special education and workforce development strategies, with the goal of improving outcomes for Tibetan orphans with disabilities in the seven Tibetan colonies across India. In addition to his work with building the educational and economic infrastructure for Tibetan refugees, Dr. Montgomery has developed seven international partnerships with governments and educational institutions in China, the Middle East, India, and Europe. To compliment his work in the community, Dr. Montgomery has served in a number of notable academic appointments. Following his appointment as a graduate fellow at Kent State University, Dr. Montgomery was appointed as assistant psychologist with the Summit County Juvenile Court. During his tenure, he conducted assessments, provided reports and testimony, and performed multisystemic therapy in the Court’s drug court initiative. Over the next sixteen years, Dr. Montgomery has served in higher education, where he has held both administrative and faculty roles. Dr. Montgomery was appointed assistant professor at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Distinguished Guest Professor with the University of Szeged College of Pharmacy, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at North Sichuan Medical College, making him one of few experts with an education degree who holds faculty appointments in two pharmacy schools and one medical college. His scholarly contributions during the past sixteen years have focused on investigations in the areas of juvenile delinquency, K-12 education, pharmaceutical education, and higher education policy. Dr. Montgomery most recently served as Dean for Social Sciences at Cuyahoga Community Colleges.
He has left his position as Dean of Social Sciences to pursue his entrepreneurial drive. Dr. Montgomery now serves as the Chief Technical Officer/National Training Director for Lion's Gate Security Solutions, Inc.
Lion’s Gate Security Solutions, Inc. (LGSS), was founded in 2010, and is certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as a minority owned business. Lion’s Gate Security Solutions, Inc. is also certified in the State of Ohio as a Veteran Business Enterprise. Lion’s Gate Security Solutions, Inc. was originally developed to address the increase in violence in the Omaha Public School System, by partnering with the district to provide highly skilled professionals with innovative approaches to securing the district’s properties and ensuring safety for all constituencies of the district. However, we expanded our services to fully capitalize on our company’s expertise across multiple sectors of the security industry. The firm is multi-disciplinary in that we provide a vast array of services in the cybersecurity, alarm technology, physical security, and emergency services and training sectors from experts with decades of experience in each area. Lion’s Gate has since expanded its client base to include some of the larger security accounts in the State of Nebraska. Our corporate client base includes some of the more visible and high profile companies in the region (e.g., Blue Cross Blue Shield). In 2017, LGSS expanded, opening offices in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina. Our company’s success has come from our laser focus on employing individuals with high levels of professionalism and expert knowledge, which in turn provides our clients with highly skilled staff who can effectively serve their needs. Our Core Competencies LGSS offers a full spectrum of technology and management related services to our clients. Our core capabilities are cybersecurity, alarm technology, physical security, and emergency services and training. Cybersecurity The LGSS Cyber Operations Team is led by Dr. Richard T. Montgomery, II and Mr. Leon Hodges, both bring a combined 25 years of experience in the IT security sector. The Cyber Operations Team provides both intermittent and full-time services to our clients nationwide in the implementation of technologies, processes, and procedures that consolidate cybersecurity preparedness, prevention, detection, and response capability. Services include: Penetration TestingNetwork AdministrationCloud and Data Center Monitoring and Security ManagementFedramp-As-A-Service Cloud SolutionThreat Assessment and MediationInformation Security Training Alarm Technology Our Alarm Technology Team is led by Mr. Joe Hodges and Mr. Calvin Jones both are founders of the company and have extensive law enforcement and military training. Through their leadership they have developed strategic partnerships with technology giants like Honeywell, Paxton, and 2Gig. These partnerships allow us to provide our clients big and smal