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Report: Davidson College President will lead UNC System


Davidson College President Thomas Ross reportedly has been tapped to be the next leader of the UNC System - reports the Triangle Business Journal.

According to local media outlets, Ross will be named as Erskine Bowles’ successor during an emergency meeting of the UNC Board of Governors on Thursday.

The Board of Governors has called the emergency meeting to elect a new president but has not officially named anyone to the position.

Prior to being named Davidson’s president in 2007, Ross, 60, served on boards at several universities in North Carolina, including UNC-Greensboro’s board of trustees, Davidson College’s board of trustees and Wake Forest University’s board of visitors.

The Greensboro native graduated from Davidson in 1972, after which he earned a law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Following a short stint teaching in UNC’s School of Government, Ross worked as an attorney, becoming a partner in the firm Smith, Patterson, Follin, Curtis, James and Harkavy.

In 1984, Gov. Jim Hunt appointed him as a Superior Court Judge, a position he held until 2000, when he became the executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, his last position before taking the helm at Davidson.

Ross would replace Erskine Bowles, who announced in February his plans to retire.

Bowles, 64, has led the 16-campus UNC System since 2006.

The former White House chief of staff and U.S. Senate candidate said he wanted to spend more time with his family and seven grandchildren.

During Bowles’ four years in charge, the system’s institutions have undergone significant growth in terms of students, research and campus expansions. But the period was not without controversy. Bowles also was responsible for replacing chancellors at three institutions, including North Carolina State University, following allegations of improprieties


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