FLINT — George E. Ross, a Flint native and president of Central Michigan University (CMU), has been elected to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Ross began his term on Jan. 1.
“Being a kid from Flint, it is an extraordinary honor to help lead a foundation that makes a difference locally and around the world,” said Ross. “It is an immense and humbling responsibility, and in accepting this appointment, I feel as though I am completing a circle in my life. The values of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation align with those of Central Michigan University, where we strive to immerse students in the ideals of personal leadership and what Mott called ‘the capacity for accomplishment.’”
One of 12 children, Ross graduated from Flint Northern High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University in Lansing in 1975. Early in his professional career, he worked as a certified public accountant before becoming director of finance for the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit.
During the next two decades, he assumed increasingly more responsible positions with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Clark-Atlanta University and CMU before becoming president of Mississippi’s Alcorn State University in 2008. During that time, Ross also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.