On a chilly Tuesday morning, Central Michigan University President George Ross picked up his backpack, popped in his earbuds and walked out of his Warriner Hall office for an economy class pop quiz.
Ross and Student Government Association president Marie Reimers switched roles for the day, leaving Reimers in charge of the entire university, and Ross to takeover his counterpart’s class schedule.
“I have a pop quiz today in econ,” Reimers laughed, catching Ross off guard. “Just so you know.”
Reimers said she did have to reschedule a few of her day’s events, but was most nervous to give the president’s address to the SGA.
But, she said, she’s excited for the new experience.
Overall, the Saginaw junior said she was interested in getting a better understanding of what her school’s president does day to day.
Ross said he was excited to get a little more personal with CMU’s student body.
“I’m looking forward to being in classes with my fellow students today,” Ross said.
The CMU president said he was also looking forward to taking over the SGA duties Reimers has every day.
And, he said, taking notes for the student.
“I’m sitting in the front row,” he said.
Nearing the end of the day, Reimers had met with university and city officials, and taken a tour of the CMU Research Corporation.
No aspect of the job was too shocking, Reimers said, and a role in higher education might even be something she’d want to pursue.
“I really like the ‘go, go, go’ aspect of it,” she said.
Ross took his last undergraduate class in 1975, before Reimers was even born.
“At the undergraduate level, it’s been a long time, but I’m still a student,” Ross said. “I still go to school (for) professional development. You never stop going to school.”