George Ross was the fourteenth president of Central Michigan University, serving from March 1, 2010 to July 31, 2018. He obtained his BA (1975) and MBA (1990) degrees from Michigan State University and his doctorate from the University of Alabama (1997). Prior to his position as President of CMU, Dr. Ross worked in the private sector and served as the Director of Finance at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit (1986-91), the Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs at Tuskegee University (1991-95), the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1995-99), the Executive Vice President at Clark Atlanta University (1999-2002), the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services and Treasurer at Central Michigan University (2002-08), and the President of Alcorn State University (2008-10).
During his time at Central, President Ross worked to minimize the increases in tuition and sought increased funding from State and other sources. He was also involved with the implementation of the Medical School and the University’s growth in non-traditional academic areas.