A ‘Conversation With’ former UNC President Thomas W. Ross set for Wednesday, March 22

Photo of Thomas W. Ross with a garden background

Thomas W. Ross (Photo courtesy of the Volcker Alliance)

The “Conversation With” Committee has invited former University of North Carolina (UNC) and Davidson College President Thomas W. Ross for a “Conversation With” event at noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Professor Ron Wright will host the conversation with Mr. Ross.

“Tom Ross is the consummate citizen-lawyer,” said Professor Margaret Taylor, chair of the “Conversation With” Committee.  ”We are excited that our students will have the opportunity to hear stories about his leadership of so many vital institutions in our state.”

Started in 1999 by Professor Charley Rose, the “Conversation With” program engages Wake Forest Law students with professional role models of the highest caliber, so that they might learn and be inspired by their stories of life and the law. Past interviews have featured U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas; former Republican Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich; New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis; former Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps Thomas Tighe; and Watergate veteran Gene Boyce (JD ’56), among others.

Mr. Ross served as a judge in the North Carolina Superior Court for 17 years and continued his public service as the director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts before serving as the chief executive for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the president of Davidson College, his alma mater. He was the president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina from 2011 to 2016, and remains the President Emeritus. Mr. Ross is currently 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. His tenure as the president of the Volcker Alliance began on July 1, 2016.

Learn more about Mr. Ross on the Volcker Alliance website.

Volcker Alliance is a nonpartisan organization formed in 2013 to address the challenge of effective execution of public policies and to rebuild public trust in government.