Ross, Thomas Warren

Thomas Warren Ross

(b. 1950) Thomas Warren Ross, Sr. began his post as Davidson’s 17th president on August 1, 2007. A Davidson College graduate of the class of 1972, Ross attended law school at the Univsersity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors. For 17 years, he served as a North Carolina Superior Court judge, appointed by Governor Jim Martin (Davidson Class of 1957). For his dedicated service in that position, he received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence in 2000. Prior to accepting the presidency of Davidson College, Ross served as the executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation from 2000 until 2007.

His awards include the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers Trial Judge of the Year (1994), Order of the Long Leaf Pine (1999) and the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence (2000).

The son of a Davidson graduate and father of two Davidson graduates, during his tenure as president he strengthened the Davidson Trust endowment during difficult economic times, expanded the colleges environmental sustainability programs and initiated a strategic assessment process for a new campus master plan.  Ross stepped down as president of Davidson College in 2010 to become the University of North Carolina system president.


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Author: Mark Grotjohn
Date: 29 March 2007

Cite as: Grotjohn, Mark “Thomas Warren Ross ” Davidson Encyclopedia, 29 March 2007 <http://libraries.davidson.edu/archives/encyclopedia/thomas-warren-ross/>

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