Frank E. Ross, III, Butler University’s Vice President for Student Affairs, has been appointed to the inaugural Dean’s Advisory Board for the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas.
The 21-member board is composed of leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and includes three ex officio members: President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and Founder and Board Chair of the Clinton Foundation; Dean DeFrancesco Soto; and Bruce R. Lindsey, Counselor to the Chair of the Board for the Clinton Foundation.
“I’m excited to see a blend of old friends and new faces serving on the Clinton School Dean’s Advisory Board,” said President Clinton. “The board brings together a diverse group of professionals from across the country who are leaders in their respective sectors. Each member will bring their own unique insights and will provide critical counsel and support as the Clinton School of Public Service continues to grow and find new ways to expand its impact.”
Members of the Dean’s Advisory Board will provide advice to the Dean on strategic issues impacting the future of the Clinton School; act as ambassadors of the school and its students, faculty, and research; provide insights to the Dean on how the Clinton School can enhance its mission of social impact; and assist in the recruitment of prospective students and the placement and advancement of Clinton School graduates.
The Dean’s Advisory Board will promote and support continuous growth in the quality and dynamism of the Clinton School’s education, research, and outreach. Additionally, the board will assist with generating financial support for students, faculty, and academic programs at the Clinton School.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with President Clinton, Dr. DeFrancesco Soto and this incredible Board in supporting the next generation of public service leaders while strengthening the health and sustainability of our communities,” Ross said.
Ross added that throughout his career, his work and scholarship have prioritized a strong commitment to civic engagement and developing meaningful opportunities to connect students and communities. He has been involved with the NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiative, the AASCU American Democracy Project, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. He was named a Strategic Civic Leader Fellow by Campus Compact and the McCormick Foundation.
“Public service is essential for meaningful change that advances social and economic justice within our communities,” Ross said. “Colleges and universities deliver on that imperative by preparing students as engaged citizens ready to help solve the world’s greatest challenges.”