Lead Independent Director

Thomas W. Ross

Mr. Ross has been serving on the Board since March 2016. In June 2016 he was named Lead Independent Director. Mr. Ross is the President Emeritus of the 17-campus University of North Carolina having served as President from 2011-2016. He currently serves as the Sanford Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy and as a Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government. Prior to becoming President of the UNC System, Mr. Ross served as President of Davidson College, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, a Superior Court judge, chief of staff to a U. S. Congressman, a member of a Greensboro, NC law firm and as an Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government. Mr. Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College (1972) and graduated with honors from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (1975). Mr. Ross currently serves several boards and has received numerous awards and accolades for his public service and professional achievements.