Central Michigan University President George Ross proved to be an interesting and down to earth man when he visited our LDR 100 class a few weeks back. Every time he spoke to one of us directly or allowed us to ask a question, he required the answers to 4 simple questions:
- “What is your name?
- “Where are you from?”
- “What is your intended major?”
- “Why did you decided to choose Central Michigan?”
This was particularly interesting to me because his only job was to come and speak. He didn’t have to get to know us on a personal level, answer our questions, or care about our individual opinions at all, after all he is way above our heads. However, he took the time to ask us questions, get to know who we are, and enjoy and make the most of the time he shared with us, which to me is very admirable.
He has a great philosophy for CMU and I appreciate what he plans to do for this university. During the discussion he told us his favorite part of the job was interacting with the students on this campus and wished he had more time to do so. It’s easy to think of someone as prestigious as President Ross as more than human, but he was extremely relatable and light hearted with his time with us. He shared his unique back story, which I appreciate, because sometimes talking about the past is difficult, and he also shared his hopes for grandchildren.
Though we didn’t discuss much on his theory about leadership, I think he was an example in itself. His hands on leadership style, relatable voice, and genuine concern for his students is all you could ask for from a university president and a leader. He is also an example of a true fighter. He was the first person in his family of 14 to go to college and he continued to then run a college after that. That takes an immense amount of drive. This drive is something I wish more people in the world had.
Thank you,President Ross, for your time and your commitment to excellence.