Former UNC President Tom Ross has been hired to be president of the Volcker Alliance, a nonpartisan organization aimed at rebuilding public trust in government.
The New York-based organization, founded by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, announced the appointment Tuesday. Ross will start the job July 1. He will live in Charlotte and commute to New York.
Ross, a Democrat, was president of the UNC system for five years until his ouster last year by the Republican-majority UNC Board of Governors in what was widely suspected as a politically motivated action. Before that he was president of Davidson College and chief executive of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc. For the majority of his career he was a judge and director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.
He is now serving as the first Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and will continue in that role after joining the Volcker Alliance.
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“The strains and pressures on government at all levels are plain to see,” said Volcker, the founder and chairman of the Volcker Alliance. “Tom Ross’s broad experience in education, government, and philanthropy will be brought to bear on all our efforts to improve government performance.”