Central Michigan University's President Ross Elected to Michigan College Access Network Board of Directors

Lansing, MI – Sept. 11, 2013 – Michigan College Access Network board of directors voted on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and unanimously elected Dr. George E. Ross, president of Central Michigan University, to the board of directors.

Ross was identified as an ideal candidate because of his commitment to transparency as it relates to student success and academic excellence and his deep understanding of the transformative power of higher education. A certified public accountant, Ross has a strong financial and educational background and has held positions in corporate and nonprofit finance and management prior to his work in higher education.

"The Michigan College Access Network is committed to increasing college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, and Dr. Ross brings the necessary expertise to ensure we reach our goal of increasing Michigan's college completion rate from 36 percent to 60 percent by the year 2025," said Amy Smitter, Michigan College Access Network board of directors chairperson.

Current board of directors members represent K-12, higher education, youth-serving nonprofit organizations, government, business and philanthropy. Members and their affiliations include:

  • Sharlonda Buckman, executive director, Detroit Parent Network
  • Laura Coleman, president, Bay College
  • Brandee Cooke, former college adviser, Michigan College Advising Corps
  • Dan DeGrow, superintendent, St. Clair County RESA
  • Greg Handel, senior director of workforce development, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • David Lossing, president, Michigan Municipal League board of trustees
  • Catherine M. McNamara, CPA, assurance senior manager, BDO USA, LLP
  • Patrick O'Connor, college counseling department, Cranbrook
  • Rudy Redmond, manager of KCP Initiative, Michigan Workforce Development Corporation
  • George E. Ross, president, Central Michigan University
  • Amy Smitter, director of institutional development, Campus Compact

MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan's culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school. Since 2010, MCAN has provided 50+ communities with more than $1.8 million. This seed funding is designed to help Michigan's Local College Access Networks establish cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to dramatically increase the community's college-going rate. LCANs set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results, and hold partners accountable for performance.

MCAN recently released Charting the Course: A community's guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact, available by downloading for free or purchasing a hard copy at www.micollegeaccess.org/our-network/lcan-guidebook

About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state's college access movement, MCAN's mission is to increase Michigan's college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate's degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan's rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent. It is MCAN's goal to increase Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.


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