Presidential finalist George Ross to visit University of Nebraska Nov. 17-20

November 11, 2014

Dr. George Ross, president of Central Michigan University and one of four finalists for the University of Nebraska presidency, will visit Nebraska Nov. 17-20, NU announced today.

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Ross’ visit will include stops at each NU campus, where he will participate in forums open to all university faculty, staff and students and members of the news media and public; an interview with the full Board of Regents that will be open to the public; and meetings with other key university constituents including agricultural leaders, donors and other community leaders. Ross will be joined on his visit by his wife, Elizabeth.

Members of the media, university community and all Nebraskans are invited to the following opportunities to interact with Ross and hear about his vision for the university. Following the visit, the Board of Regents invites Nebraskans to submit their feedback via an online form that will be available at

  • Tuesday, Nov. 18
    8:30 a.m.: UNO campus forum
    Location: Milo Bail Student Center, Nebraska Room

    9:30 a.m.: Media availability
    Location: Milo Bail Student Center, Chancellor’s Room

    11:30 a.m.: UNMC campus forum
    Location: Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, Paustian Amphitheater, 3rd floor, Room 3002

    4 p.m.: UNK campus forum
    Location: Nebraskan Student Union, Ponderosa E

    5 p.m.: Media availability
    Location: Nebraskan Student Union, 2nd floor/Southwest Lounge

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19
    3:30 p.m.: UNL campus forum
    Location: Nebraska Union Auditorium, City Campus
    (Note: This forum will be recorded and made available for viewing on the NU website following visits by all four presidential finalists, so that those unable to attend any of the public opportunities may hear Ross’ presentation and share their feedback.)

    4:30 p.m.: Media availability
    Location: Nebraska Union, Regency B&C, City Campus

  • Thursday, Nov. 20
    8:30 a.m.: Interview with the Board of Regents
    Location: Varner Hall Board Room, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln

Ross became the 14th president of Central Michigan University in 2010. His leadership of one of the nation’s 100 largest public universities follows 24 years of higher education leadership and management experience.

Ross previously served as president of Alcorn State University, the nation’s first public historically black land-grant university. He also has held senior positions at Clark Atlanta University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Tuskegee University. He remains engaged in student teaching and learning, having held professor ranks at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Ross has presented seminars, workshops and lectures in the areas of higher education leadership, budget, finance and administration to a number of universities and national organizations, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He also has served on a number of local, statewide and regional planning and economic development boards, countrywide strategic planning committees, neighborhood development organizations and chambers of commerce.

Ross earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He also is a certified public accountant.

Ross’ photo and curriculum vitae are attached.

Media Contact:
Melissa Lee
Director of Communications,
University of Nebraska