Central Michigan University President George Ross was unanimously voted to the Michigan College Access Network Board of Directors this month.
According to a news release from MCAN, Ross was elected by the board because of his “commitment to transparency as it relates to student success and academic excellence, and his deep understanding of the transformative power of higher education.”
MCAN attributes Ross’ educational and financial background to his election to the board.
“The Michigan College Access Network is committed to increasing college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, and Dr. Ross brings the necessary expertise to ensure we reach our goal of increasing Michigan’s college completion rate from 36 percent to 60 percent by the year 2025,” said Amy Smitter, MCAN board of directors chairperson, in the release.
The purpose of MCAN is to help prospective first-generation, low-income or minority students get into college.
The release states that since 2010, MCAN has provided more than 50 communities with more than $1.8 million, designed to create cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to help increase the number of students going to college from each community.
The MCAN Board of Directors consists of representatives from K-12, higher education, youth-serving non-profit organizations, government, business and philanthropy.