Central Michigan taps Kentucky educator as president

The Detroit News
Robert O. Davies, incoming president of Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant -- The president of Murray State University in Kentucky will take over Sept. 1 as the top official at Central Michigan University.

The CMU Board of Trustees approved the hiring Friday of Robert O. Davies as the school's 15th president.

Davies, 51, has led the Kentucky university since 2014. He will replace George E. Ross, who stepped down Tuesday after eight years as president. Michael Gealt, CMU's provost and executive vice president, is serving as interim president.

"He's a seasoned leader," Bill Weideman, chairman of the CMU trustees, said in a statement. "He's student- and faculty-focused. He has extensive experience in fundraising and in connecting with alumni and community, business, and political leaders."

Davies previously was president of Eastern Oregon University and vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

He also held alumni relations and development positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Boise State University and University of Nevada, Reno.

Davies has a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor of science in management from University of Nevada, Reno.