Central Michigan University President George E. Ross has appointed Toby Roth interim vice president for government and external relations, effective immediately. Roth previously served as CMU's director of government relations and public affairs.
"Toby has been an integral part of our government relations team, both in Lansing and in Washington, D.C.," Ross said. "He's a bright, insightful leader in the political realm and a dedicated member of the CMU team."
In his role as government relations and public affairs director, Roth worked with the Michigan congressional delegation to raise CMU's profile in Washington, D.C. He has accompanied faculty to Washington to increase federal support for CMU programs and has brought federal officials to campus to inform and educate them about CMU's mission and research.
Roth joined CMU in 2001 and initially worked on state appropriation issues and federal research funding initiatives. Before coming to Mount Pleasant, he was executive vice president for a D.C. trade association, worked as a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and worked on Capitol Hill for the late U.S. Rep. George Wortley.
Roth's appointment follows the departure of Kathy Wilbur, who left CMU to oversee government relations, communications and development functions at MSU.