Dean Mark Welsh has announced the appointment of Dr. Andrew L. Ross to the Brent Scowcroft Chair in International Policy Studies at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. The chair is named in honor of Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), whose public service career included serving as national security adviser for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. Ross said he is “thrilled and deeply honored” to be named to the Scowcroft Chair.
Ross directs the School’s National Security Affairs program; is a senior fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP); and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas A&M Nuclear Solutions Institute. During his time at the Bush School, Ross has led student capstone teams conducting research for the United States Cyber Command, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.
“Dr. Ross’s extensive experience in national security policy and his connections to military as well as civilian defense officials, along with his impressive work on US grand strategy, national security, and defense planning, are among the many reasons he was selected for this position,” said Dean Welsh.
Ross earned his bachelor’s degree at American University, and his master’s and PhD degrees at Cornell University. He came to the Bush School in 2014 from the University of New Mexico, where he served as director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Policy; director of Special Science, Engineering, and Policy Research Initiatives in the Office of the Vice President for Research; and professor of political science. He led UNM’s University Strategic Partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and served as the program manager for UNM’s Educational Partnership Agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory. Ross was also the founder and chair of the New Mexico Nuclear Study Group.
Prior to his UNM appointment, Ross spent sixteen years at the US Naval War College, where he served as a research professor and director of studies in the Strategic Research Department of the College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies, acting director of the Advanced Research Program, co-lead of the post-9/11 Strategy Task Group, professor in the National Security Affairs Department, and secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow . He received the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2002.