CMU Board of Trustees to hire 'nationally recognized search firm' to help find next president
The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will hire a “nationally recognized search firm” to help in finding a replacement for President George Ross, who will step down from his position effective July 31, 2018.
In a letter to the CMU community Jan. 22, Chair William Weideman stated an open forum will be scheduled “to engage the entire campus community and gather input about the qualifications and skill set necessary in our next leader.”
In addition, the board will appoint an advisory committee led by Trustee Tricia Keith, Weideman stated. The committee will include representatives from the board, administration, faculty students, business and community leaders and alumni.
Weideman stated the process to identify the university's 15th president will "immediately begin." He added that the board will communicate throughout the search process.
In his letter, Weideman stated the board accepted Ross’ decision to step down effective July 31 of this year. Ross announced his decision to the campus community Jan. 22.
Weideman thanked President Ross and his wife, First Lady Elizabeth Ross, for their leadership of CMU.
“President Ross and First Lady Elizabeth Ross are tremendous ambassadors for CMU, in their relationships with community members, students, faculty, staff and alumni. They are champions for our university, beloved by many,” Weideman stated. “They will be greatly missed, and we wish them many years of happiness as they enter the next phase in their lives.
Ross has served as president of CMU since 2010. He was CMU’s vice president for Finance and Administrative Services from 2002-2008 before leaving to serve as president of Alcorn State University.
Weideman stated the university’s academic organizational review, search for a chief diversity officer, building of a new Center for Integrated Health Studies and public launch of a capital campaign will continue to move forward.
“Rest assured that Central Michigan University's position as a nationally ranked university will remain strong. Our commitment to excellence in academics and student success is unwavering,” he stated.