The Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University (“CMU”) invites nominations and applications for the position of President. The successful candidate will succeed Dr. George E. Ross, who will be stepping down from the presidency in July, 2018 after serving the university with distinction since his appointment as President in 2010.


Central Michigan University is a nationally ranked research university that fosters the transformative power of advanced learning while embracing a sense of community among its students, faculty, staff and more than 225,000 alumni around the world. From its roots as a teachers' college, CMU has grown to offer nationally acclaimed programs in areas ranging from the health professions and engineering, to business and communications, and science and technology.


Established in 1892, CMU has more than 18,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and 9,000 enrolled online and at more than 30 locations across North America. Among just five percent of U.S. universities in the highest two Carnegie research classifications, CMU offers more than 300 academic programs at the undergraduate, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. In addition, CMU has established the nation's 137th College of Medicine to address a growing shortage of primary care physicians in Michigan. The inaugural class of students graduated in May 2017.


The President will express a passion for the mission of public higher education and will champion the “value proposition” that this education provides to students and their careers. The President will serve as a persuasive advocate for the university at the local, state and national levels, and lead efforts to raise untapped resources from the university’s varied and growing constituents.  Additional information about the position can be found at


CMU’s next President will have the opportunity to lead a special and vibrant university toward future successes and will be presented with the opportunity to achieve the following professional and personal accomplishments:


  • Lead an institution with financial stability and positive momentum into its next chapter of success;
  • Serve as a passionate advocate of that mission to enhance the university’s resources, reputation, and quality;
  • Personally oversee the implementation of a thoughtful and comprehensive strategic plan that will further build the university’s mission, relevance and resources;
  • Partner with a cohesive and collaborative senior leadership team, a dedicated and energetic corps of faculty and staff and engaged student body;
  • Work closely with a Board of Trustees fully committed to the success of the university and its President;
  • Be an active and influential leader within central Michigan and across the state, and meaningfully impact the quality of life of the region, the State of Michigan, and the nation.


The search will be conducted with full confidentiality for candidates. Review of candidates will begin in June, 2018. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by June 1, 2018. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a current c.v. and contact information for at least five references (references will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate). Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed by email to Questions may also be directed to John Thornburgh at 412-209-2666 or Elizabeth K. Bohan at 630-575-6161.


CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community.  CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see