Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School graduate Ken Ross (Fellows Class, 1997) was recently promoted from EVP to President/COO of The Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL). In his new position, his primary responsibility will focus on the association’s affiliation efforts, federal and state advocacy relationships, and all association functions.
He will be the primary liaison to credit union system organizations such as CUNA and AACUL. Ross has extensive experience working in the political and regulatory affairs at the state and national level with an emphasis on the financial service sector. In 2000, Ross was hired by the Michigan Credit Union League as the Regulatory Affairs Director and spent three years working on re-codifying the Michigan Credit Union Act, which remains one of the most progressive state credit union acts in the nation. In 2003, he was named Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation, and in 2008 he was appointed Commissioner, serving as the Chief Financial Regulator for Michigan, leading the agency of over 350 staff and a budget of over $50 million during the financial turmoil that upended economies around the globe.
In 2013, he returned to the Michigan Credit Union League as EVP/COO, responsible for the trade association operations, including Government Affairs, Education and Communications. Ross led a two-year effort to update the Michigan Credit Union Act, culminating with the governor signing legislation in 2016 at the MCUL Annual Conference & Exposition.
According to Dave Adams, “The MCUL Board discussed these changes at great length and expressed strong confidence in Ken Ross in this new role. This also aligns with the board’s desire to plan and execute a good succession plan for MCUL & Affiliates. Our boards and I have tremendous confidence in Ken’s talents and skills as well as his passion for the credit union mission.”
These changes will help assure that both MCUL and CUSG have the management and leadership strength necessary to serve Michigan’s credit unions and the credit union community nationally through CUSG and the newly acquired company, LifeStep Solutions.