LORMAN — Alcorn State University president George E. Ross has informed the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the university community that he is leaving to become president at Central Michigan University. Ross came to Alcorn from Central Michigan and will serve as the university’s 14th president.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve Alcorn State University and the State of Mississippi during such a transformative time in the University’s history,” said Ross in a statement. “While I did not actively seek the presidency at Central Michigan University, higher education leadership throughout the nation nominated me. I accepted it because I believe it is a unique opportunity for (my wife) Elizabeth and me.
“I will always be proud of the many achievements of Alcorn’s faculty, staff and students during my tenure in the areas of student housing and enrollment; strategic and master planning; financial giving and support; and overall institutional reach and influence, and I am confident that the Alcorn family will continue to aspire to even greater levels of excellence.”
“Dr. Ross is a capable administrator and dedicated educator, so it is not surprising that another institution would want him as its leader,” Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds said. “We wish Dr. Ross good luck in his new position. We will not forget his contributions to Mississippi and Alcorn State.”
Alcorn’s 17th president has served the institution since Jan. 2008, and will assume his new leadership position at Central Michigan March 1, 2010.