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Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. Named 15th President of Alabama State University

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Author: Lois G. Russell

Release Date: Sep 08, 2017

The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Quinton T. Ross to be the University’s 15th President.

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The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Quinton T. Ross to serve as the 15th President of the University, pending the verification of his background check.

The vote came during the Board’s meeting on Friday, Sept. 8.

The initial vote was 12 to 2, but a later recommendation by Trustee Darrell Hudson led to a change in the initial tally.

“It’s going to take all of us to ensure that our next President is successful,” said Hudson. “Therefore, I would like to see the vote be unanimous.”

Trustees Joe Whitt and Robert Gilpin conceded and changed their votes to “yes,” drawing applause from Board members and the audience.

Ross was one of four finalists who visited the campus in August, meeting with Board members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community.

“Those nine free slaves had to make decisions that led to the first 113 students,” said Trustee Brenda Brown-Hunter. “We likewise are doing this not for ourselves but for the students and to preserve this institution. So, for our alumni, we ask that you jump on board with us. We are asking the faculty and staff to keep doing a great job. We’ve been through a lot of hurricanes…but as Trustees we need to stay united because Alabama State University is going to stand.”

Chairwoman Alfreda Green said the next step is for the Board to negotiate with Ross about his contract.

“I am elated about the entire process,” said Green. “I think that the Presidential Search Committee did a great job in coming up with a matrix and a process and executed that process very well. I think they did very well in coming up with the final four candidates that led to successful interviews, leading to our selecting Senator Ross today to be our new Alabama State University President.

Green said the Board is prepared to work with the new President for the good of the University.

“The one thing the Board will do well is work with the new President. We all understand how imperative that is. We’re going to set up communications processes and what we expect from the new President so that we can communicate well and make decisions well about those things that are going to lead to enhancements for the University so that we can move forward. After all that we’ve been through recently and in our 150-year history, it’s time for us to get it right; and I think we’ve done that today," Green added.

Green indicated that the Board could meet again on Sept. 29.

About Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr.

Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., is a celebrated alumnus of Alabama State University, having earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1992, a Master of Arts in Education in 1995 and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law in 2010.

A veteran educator and administrator, Ross began his career as an instructor of English in the Montgomery Public Schools system. He earned progressive positions of leadership, becoming an assistant principal of Booker T. Washington Magnet School in 1998 and principal of that prestigious high school in 2000. Ross also served as an Educational Specialist at the Montgomery Public Schools’ Central Office from 2003-04.

In 2004, Ross began an 11-year tenure as the Director of Adult Education at H. Councill Trenholm Community College in Montgomery. In that position, he worked as a member of the president’s cabinet, establishing and overseeing the Adult Education Division and developing and sustaining community partnerships to advance the literacy needs of Montgomery’s adult population.

In 2015, Ross assumed the position of Manager of UniServ Organizing and Staff Consultant for Postsecondary Education with the Alabama Education Association. Ross managed the Northern and Southern Postsecondary UniServ staff, which is responsible for 25 two-year colleges, as well as 11 public colleges and universities.

A dedicated public servant, Ross has served as a member of the Alabama Senate for the past 15 years. During his legislative tenure, Ross was one of seven African-American members of the Senate, was the first African-American male to serve as Senate Minority Leader and was the first Minority Leader elected to a four-year term. Ross also served on several legislative committees, including Bank and Insurance, Confirmation, County and Municipal Government, Finance and Taxation, Education, Transportation and Energy, Military Affairs and Education Youth Affairs (vice-chair).

Ross has received numerous awards for his professional achievements and public service, including the Montgomery Advertiser’s 2003 King Spirit Award; the 2005 Dare to Make a Difference Award; the 2005 Young Legend Award; the 2009 Alabama School Board Association’s Power of One Award; the 2012 Alabama Adult Education Director’s Association Champion Award; the 2016 Beloved Community Award presented by the Alabama State University Friends of the Theater; and the 2017 Business Champion Award from the Business Council of Alabama.

Ross was born in Mobile, Ala., and raised in Pontiac, Mich. He has been a resident of Montgomery for more than 20 years.

Ross is married to J. K. Ross, and they have two sons, Quinmari T. Ross and Quinton T. Ross, III. He is a member of Hutchinson Missionary Baptist Church and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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