CMU Leadership Bios

Dr. George E. Ross

Dr. George E. Ross

Dr. George Eugene Ross became the 14th president of Central Michigan University on March 1, 2010.   Dr. Ross’ leadership of one of the nation’s 100 largest public universities and the fourth largest in Michigan follows 24 years of higher...
Michael A. Gealt

Michael A. Gealt

Michael A. Gealt leads the academic division as the executive vice president/provost. The academic division consists of the colleges of Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Education and Human Services, Health Professions, Humanities ...
Barrie Wilkes

Barrie Wilkes

Barrie Wilkes joined CMU in 1992 as the university controller. In October 2005, he became interim associate vice president of financial services and reporting and controller, an appointment that became permanent in October 2006. Wilkes served as ...
Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the vice president for Enrollment and Student Services. In this position, Johnson leads the university’s enrollment management efforts including enrollment planning, recruitment, retention, improved graduation rates, tuition...
Sherry Knight

Sherry Knight

Sherry Knight is associate vice president of university communications at Central Michigan University. With a team of 15, Knight directs CMU’s marketing, public relations and internal and external communications efforts. She is responsible for ...
Manuel Rupe

Manuel Rupe

Manuel R. Rupe joined CMU as General Counsel in June 2009. Rupe serves as chief legal officer for the university, providing legal opinions, and advice and assistance to all university offices on issues ranging the law’s effect on policy and...
Kathleen Wilbur

Kathleen Wilbur

With nearly 30 years of executive leadership experience in the government and higher education sectors, Kathleen Wilbur was named Central Michigan University’s vice president of development and external affairs in January 2011. In this...
Mary Jane Flanagan

Mary Jane Flanagan

Executive assistant to the president of Central Michigan University since 2002, Mary Jane Flanagan oversees the president’s office staff and CMU’s director of the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity. She also serves as secretary to the...