Photo by: Bridget Broihahn
Proudest professional accomplishment: I am currently overseeing the development of the University of Illinois Welcome Center and will manage it after we open in spring 2018. My team and I are creating interactive exhibits that will show how the University has transformed and enriched lives for the past 150 years through tradi¬tions and innovations. We want the exhibits to represent as many colleges, departments and units as possible, so I have spent much of the past 18 months working with faculty, staff and alumni on campus to develop the stories that we will tell in the exhibits. That process has made the university feel much smaller and has caused me to understand how much potential the Welcome Center project has to bring the campus together. I grew up wanting to attend the U of I, earned two degrees here, and have been on campus for all of my (short) career, so I am very proud to lead the Welcome Center project.
From the nominator: "Ryan Ross is a human dynamo...He is incredibly smart, articulate and intellectually curious." - Joseph Rank, University of Illinois Alumni Association, retired