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6/26/2007 - Jackson, Miss.

Dr. George E. Ross, Central Michigan University’s vice president of finance and administrative services and the next President of Alcorn State University, is back at his Mount Pleasant, Michigan home following three weeks of treatment for leukemia at Michigan’s University Hospital. The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) anticipates Dr. Ross will assume Alcorn State University’s top position in September.

“We continue to offer prayers and support for Dr. Ross and his wife, Elizabeth, through this difficult time,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Thomas C. Meredith. “We are encouraged by his progress and look forward to having him at Alcorn.”

In a press release issued today by Central Michigan University, Dr. Ross informed university faculty and staff that he continues to receive treatment, but adds that his doctors say the prognosis for a full recovery is good.

“My wife and I want to thank everyone for the prayers, hundreds of cards, phone calls, well-wishes, and thoughts,” said Dr. Ross in the press release. “The caring and support was a true source of strength and inspiration.”

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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