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UNC President Thomas Ross Tours the Biology Department
(3 February 2011)

Photo of UNC President Thomas RossThomas W. Ross, President of the UNC System, and UNCP Chancellor Kyle Carter, visited laboratories in the Department of Biology on Thursday, February 3rd. Dr. David Zeigler, Departmental Chair, hosted the event and briefed his distinguished guests concerning the Department's degree programs, facilities, and latest happenings. President Ross spoke briefly with biology faculty members, Drs. Robert Poage and John Roe, during his tour.  His visit, made in connection with his two-day (February 3 and 4) tour of the University, was prompted by his newly appointed position as President of the University of North Carolina.
According to the UNC website, Ross earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Davidson College (1972) and a law degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (1975).  His professional career boasts a wide range of appointments in education, law, government, and community service. Among these are Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government, lawyer with a Greensboro law firm, and Chief of Staff for a U.S. congressman.  Ross has served as judge on the North Carolina Superior Court, as head of North Carolina's Sentencing and Policy Advisory Committee, Director of the state's Administrative Office of the Courts, and Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. In 2007, Ross returned to Davidson College to serve as its president. 
Ross has extensive connections to higher education, serving on numerous university boards, including those for UNC Greensboro, Davidson College, Kenan Institute for the Arts, and Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center, among others. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence (2000), the NC Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award (2010), the Distinguished Alumni Awards from Davidson (2001) and the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (2005), and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (1999).  Thomas Ross was appointed as President of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system on 1 January 2011.

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