CMU President George E. Ross elected to Mott Foundation Board

FLINT, Mich. — George E. Ross, a Flint native and president of Central Michigan University (CMU), has been elected to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Ross began his term on January 1.

“Being a kid from Flint, it is an extraordinary honor to help lead a foundation that makes a difference locally and around the world,” said Ross. “It is an immense and humbling responsibility, and in accepting this appointment, I feel as though I am completing a circle in my life. The values of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation align with those of Central Michigan University, where we strive to immerse students in the ideals of personal leadership and what Mr. Mott called ‘the capacity for accomplishment.’”

George E. Ross

George E. Ross

One of 12 children, Ross graduated from Flint Northern High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University in Lansing in 1975. Early in his professional career, he worked as a certified public accountant before becoming director of finance for the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. During the next two decades, he assumed increasingly more responsible positions with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Clark-Atlanta University and CMU before becoming president of Mississippi’s Alcorn State University in 2008. During that time, Ross also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He returned to Michigan to become president of CMU in 2010.

“It is difficult to quantify the full range of experience and insight that Dr. Ross brings to the Foundation,” said William S. White, Mott’s chairman and CEO. “From his childhood and youth as a student in the Flint Community Schools to his career as an academic and university administrator, he brings a deep understanding of the transformative power of education. We are delighted with his decision to join the Board of Trustees, and we are confident that his background and professional expertise will greatly enrich our work.”

In addition to his administrative experience, Ross has taught university-level classes in accounting and continuing professional education. He has been a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities since 2002 and serves as secretary-treasurer of its board of directors. He also chairs the CMU Research Corp. In 2014, he was appointed to the board of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance.

Ross supports numerous athletic and academic scholarships at CMU, including the Women’s Connection Scholarship. This past December, he donated a salary increase of $11,500 to support the Elizabeth G. Ross Voice Scholarship, named for his wife, at the university’s School of Music. Ross and his wife have two adult daughters.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. In 2021, the Foundation made 382 grants totaling more than $171 million and had year-end assets of approximately $4.2 billion. For more information, visit

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