A fervent advocate for servant leadership and engaged learning, Dr. Charles (Chuck) Ambrose became the University of Central Missouri’s 15th president in 2010, where he has built innovative partnerships between higher education, public education, government and industry. His dedication to new approaches in higher education to accelerate the time it takes for students to complete a degree, reduce college debt load, and provide experiential learning led to the establishment of The Missouri Innovation Campus in 2012. Prior to joining UCM, Dr. Ambrose served as president of Pfeiffer University for 12 years. His career in higher education administration also took him to Carson-Newman College, Western Carolina University, Furman University, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where he served as executive assistant to the president. Dr. Ambrose earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, master’s degree at the University of Louisville, and doctorate at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Ambrose and his wife, Kris, are active in the community and are the parents of two grown children, Charlie and Kathryn.