K. Ross Childs
Ross Childs was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2001 to fill a term vacancy, and was elected to a six-year term on the NMC Board of Trustees in 2002 and 2008.
Childs is currently a member of the Board’s Audit Committee, the chair of the Building and Site, Fellows Nominating, and Policy Committees and is the NMC alternate Michigan Community College Association Representative.
Childs retired from his position as the County Administrator for Grand Traverse County in January 2002, having served in that position since 1976. While employed by the county, Grand Traverse County became one of the fastest-growing counties in the state and received recognition in many areas of public service on behalf of its employees. He holds an industrial engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and upon completion of his studies immediately took employment as County Engineer with Washtenaw County. He continued in various positions with Washtenaw County and was appointed to County Administrator in January of 1970. He left county government and spent three years in the transportation industry as the Assistant General Manager, Acting General Manager and Director of Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority.