Dr. George E. Ross, the fourteenth president of Central Michigan University, is a visionary who continually shapes CMU’s educational landscape. With a powerful focus on students, Dr. Ross leads one of the 100 largest universities in America and one that ranks among only 5 percent of U.S. universities in the highest two Carnegie research classifications.
Under Dr. Ross’ leadership, CMU launched the nation’s 137th College of Medicine and graduated its first class of physicians this spring, expanded its engineering programs, developed a comprehensive campus master plan, and twice — including this June — adopted updated strategic plans to set the university’s path forward. CMU in January 2017 opened a $95 million Biosciences Building – the largest construction project in its history. During Dr. Ross’ presidency, Central has increased its financial aid support of students and families by 77 percent.
Dr. Ross has 31 years of higher education leadership and management experience. Prior to assuming the CMU presidency, he served as president of Alcorn State University. Formerly a practicing certified public accountant, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama, and has completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University.
He is secretary-treasurer of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, board chair of the Central Michigan University Research Corp., and a board member of the Michigan College Access Network. He was elected to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2017.