Ross Named Chairman SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors

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ASU’s Ross Named Chairman of SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors


Posted by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

Alabama State University President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., has been named the new chairman of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced by the league on Thursday.
The SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors is the highest ranked legislative body within the league and provides direct executive leadership for the conference and its twelve member institutions across a wide range of topics and initiatives. The SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors also approves the annual operating budget of the Conference and oversees all financial and fiscal affairs of the Conference as administered by the Commissioner.
In addition to his duties as chairman of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors Dr. Ross was also recently selected as a member of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. The mission of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics is to provide leadership and assistance to the association in its efforts to provide equitable opportunities, fair treatment and respect for all women in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. The committee seeks to expand and promote opportunities for female student-athletes, administrators, coaches and officiating personnel.
“I’m extremely honored to serve as chairman of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors and to represent our conference while also serving as a member of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics,” said Dr. Ross.
“I look forward to working alongside my fellow colleagues as we seek to further enhance the overall student-athlete experience at all of our member institutions and NCAA through strategic partnerships and initiatives that will transcend the positive scope and reach of intercollegiate athletics.”   
Dr. Ross stands at the helm of Alabama State University, his cherished alma mater, as the 15th President, a transformative force propelling the institution toward new horizons. With an unwavering commitment to servant leadership, Dr. Ross has cast an inspiring vision for ASU, boldly steering the university toward growth, innovation, and lasting impact. His guiding mantra, "Moving ASU 150 years forward," exemplifies his dedication to propelling this esteemed institution into a future of boundless possibilities.
“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is excited to welcome President Ross as the new chairman of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland.

“Over the course of his tenure at Alabama State, President Ross has shown an unwavering commitment to the forward progression and advancement of our league. We look forward to working with him during his tenure as chairman as we seek the continued advancement of our league across a wide array of areas and strategic initiatives.”

Dr. Ross's visionary leadership was unequivocally validated in 2021 when ASU emerged triumphant through reaffirmation by the esteemed Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), setting a trajectory of excellence through 2030.
At the core of his transformative tenure lies the ambitious strategic blueprint, aptly named FOCUS 2030: Advancing the Legacy and Bridging Communities through Commitment, Collaborations, and Creativity. This visionary roadmap has propelled ASU to unparalleled heights, expanding access and equitable opportunities for a diverse student body.
Recognized on regional and national platforms, Dr. Ross's exceptional leadership has garnered a cascade of accolades. Most notably, he was appointed to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Board of Advisors by President Joe Biden and to the HBCU Financing Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel A. Cardona.
Dr. Ross's prominence as an educational leader was acknowledged through his election by peers as Chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education of the Council of Presidents, comprising Alabama's 14 public universities and colleges, along with the Community College System. He also serves as a member of the inaugural Strada HBCU Advisory Council.
Remarkably, Ross was designated Educator of the Year (2023) by the board of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, underscoring his transformative impact. His influential contributions were acknowledged through induction into the Yellowhammer-15 Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for individuals shaping Alabama's positive trajectory.
A lifelong advocate for excellence, Dr. Ross earned three degrees from Alabama State University—a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, a Master of Education in Secondary Education English, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law.
With a distinguished career spanning over 29 years in Higher and K-12 public education, Dr. Ross's profound influence echoes through his roles as an accomplished classroom educator, administrator, and his service as an Alabama State Senator, blazing trails as a statesman in Alabama's legislative landscape.
About the SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.
Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis.

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.
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