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6/5/2007 - Jackson, Miss.

In a memo issued today to faculty and staff, Central Michigan University (CMU) President Dr. Michael Rao informed the university community that Dr. George E. Ross, CMU vice president of finance and administrative services and the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning’s (IHL) selection as the 17th President of Alcorn State University, has been diagnosed with a form of acute leukemia and is currently receiving appropriate treatment at a local Michigan hospital.

In a statement issued today, Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith said, “We are deeply distressed about the news concerning Dr. Ross. We join with the Central Michigan community in offering our prayers for Dr. Ross and his wife Elizabeth for a full recovery.”

Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, IHL governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.


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