Administrative Organization


The CMU Presidency


George E. Ross, Ph.D., President
Warriner Hall 106
phone: (989) 774-3131

The president of Central Michigan University is responsible for the institution's leadership and the daily management of its human, financial and physical resources so that it accomplishes its mission as a public educational institution.

The president is appointed and assessed by an eight-member board of trustees, which is responsible for setting policy for the university. The board is appointed by the state's governor with the consent of the Michigan Senate. The president serves as an ex-officio, or non-voting, member of the board.

The duties of a university president are broad. CMU's president represents the institution before a large number of groups and individuals who are stakeholders in the institution: legislators, alumni, employers, donors, taxpayers, students, faculty, staff and many others.

Executive Officers

E. Gary Shapiro, Executive Vice President/Provost
Warriner Hall 112
phone: (989) 774-3931

The executive vice president/provost is the chief academic and student affairs officer for the university. Executive Vice President/Provost Shapiro oversees the academic colleges, libraries, and offices relating to student affairs, technology and diversity.

David A. Burdette, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
Warriner Hall 104
phone: (989) 774-3334

The vice president for finance and administrative services leads the development of a balanced budget and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the university's financial and physical resources. Vice President Burdette also serves as the university's treasurer and oversees business affairs, human resources staff, facilities management, general counsel, and other areas.

Kathleen Wilbur, Vice President of Development and External Relations
Bovee University Center 306
phone: (989) 774-3871

The vice president of development and external relations directs and manages the university's government relations program, leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program for the university, and oversees the office of alumni relations. This position also serves as the primary liaison with all elected officials and groups - including city, county, state and federal governments - and provides leadership and oversight of the university's public broadcasting operations.