President Ross released the following statement to the Central Michigan University campus community this afternoon regarding his intentions to remain at CMU and withdraw as a presidential candidate at the University of Nebraska.
To the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community of Central Michigan University:
Today I informed the University of Nebraska Board of Regents that I am withdrawing from its search for a new president.
It was a tremendous honor to be asked to interview for the role, and it was rewarding to spend four days experiencing all that is NU.
However, after much soul-searching during the holiday break, Elizabeth and I have determined that our place is here at Central Michigan University. We talked about CMU's expanding academic leadership. We also spoke of CMU being a first-choice university for those who seek not just a large, respected campus, but one where we inspire each other to pursue excellence in a collaborative, caring and encouraging way.
Elizabeth and I discussed our ability to interact with and have personal relationships with CMU students, faculty and staff and, in the end, we realized that our hearts are here. We knew our commitment is to the future that all of us are building, together, as 'One CMU.'
We have been profoundly touched by the support expressed by countless members of the CMU family these past couple of months. You wished us the best, and for that we thank you. Yet you, too, noted how far CMU has come … and how much more we collectively can achieve.
Again, thank you. Now, let's continue the momentum.
With warmest regards,
George E. Ross