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George Ross ends tenure as CMU president July 31


George Ross will step down as president of Central Michigan University effective July 31.

The news was announced Jan. 22 in a press release from University Communications. 

Ross said he made the decision to step down around Christmas when his first grandchild was born.

"This collective spirit has inspired me to serve CMU for more than 13 years. That said, I have decided it is time to step down from the presidency," Ross said in his statement. "This announcement comes with confidence that CMU is in an incredible position of strength because of the determination and care with which all of you serve students."

In the release, Ross addressed the accomplishments CMU has made in his time as president such as creation of the College of Medicine, updating the Academic Strategic Plan and completion of the Biosciences Building.

"I have done much soul-searching about the right time to make this transition — the right time for CMU, which will forever hold a special place in my and Elizabeth's hearts," Ross wrote. "The decision came closer as I realized there is no perfect time for leadership change, because a vibrant, successful university always will be pursuing major initiatives."

Prior to being CMU's 14th president, Ross was vice president for finance and administrative services at CMU, president of Alcorn State University, executive vice president at Clark Atlanta University, executive vice chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and vice president for business affairs at Tuskegee University.


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