UNC system President Tom Ross is leaving post in 2016

UNC system President Tom Ross is leaving post in 2016
January 16
00:00 2015

In photo: Tom Ross, University of North Carolina system president

Chronicle Staff Report

The UNC Board of Governors has issued a statement this morning, Friday, Jan. 16, regarding Tom Ross, 64, University of North Carolina system president.

“The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has decided to begin the process of leadership transition,” the statement says. “The Board believes President Ross has served with distinction, that his performance has been exemplary, and that he has devoted his full energy, intellect and passion to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of his office.

“This decision has nothing to do with President Ross’s performance or ability to continue in the office. The Board respects President Ross and greatly appreciates his service to the University and to the State of North Carolina.”

The joint announcement from Ross and the Board of Governors was expected at the board’s regular meeting in Chapel Hill today. Ross will continue to serve until his resignation becomes effective Jan. 3, 2016, or when his successor is in place, whichever is later, the statement says.  Read the entire statement by clicking here:

Ross, a Greensboro native, once headed the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, which is a private foundation committed to improving the quality of life of all North Carolinians, according to its website. He was president of his alma mater, Davidson College, when he came to the UNC system.

He is a lawyer and former judge who also directed the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

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