Thomas Ross

Thomas Warren Ross
  • Born June 5, 1950.
  • Greensboro native and Grimsley High School graduate; bachelor’s degree from Davidson College; and law degree with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.
  • Assistant professor of public law and government at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill.
  • 1976-82: Private law practice in Greensboro.
  • 1981-83: Guilford County Democratic Party chairman.
  • 1982-84: Served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Robin Britt.
  • 1984-2000: Appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt to fill the Guilford Superior Court judgeship vacated by Judge Charles T. Kivett. At 33, he was the youngest among 67 Superior Court judges.
  • 1988: Appointed by Chief Justice James Exum of the N.C. Supreme Court to the Legislative Study Commission on Judicial Selection. Served as chairman of the Guilford County Substance Abuse Study Committee and as a member of the Guilford County Corrections Commission.
  • 2001-07: Executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
  • 2007-2010: President of Davidson College.
  • August 2010: Named leader of the University of North Carolina 17-campus university system.
  • Jan. 1, 2011: Begins work as University president.
  • Oct 6, 2011: Inaugurated as the 17th president of the University of North Carolina. The ceremony took place at the N.C. A&T’s Corbett Sports Center.
  • Jan. 16, 2015: Ross announced his decision to step down as University president.
Source: News & Record Archive

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