Meet Our Team

Michael Ross, MS

Adjunct Faculty, Subject Matter Expert Designer & Manager

Department: Business Administration

Office Location: Lancaster

Mr. Michael Ross graduated from Piedmont University in 2012. During his studies there he played basketball while assisting in the training room and athletic department in various capacities while earning his undergraduate degree in History. He then attended the University of Georgia and earned his MS degree in Kinesiology – Sport Management in 2014. He is currently ABD status pursuing his PhD from Troy University.

Mr. Ross has worked at the interscholastic level serving as an athletic director, served as a Basketball Development Staff Member for the Atlanta Hawks, and is currently the Department Chair of the Sport Management program at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. While serving with the Hawks’ organization, he was able to assist running various corporate events, community court and site activations, game day operations, off-site development, player engagement among other community, and youth-oriented opportunities. He also runs a youth sport development company that focuses on skill and functional movement training for athletes ranging from six years old to professional players currently competing overseas.

Mr. Ross also has a passion for travel (17 countries and counting), hiking (17 state high points and counting), scuba diving, spending time with friends and family, and anything else that are ‘memory making’ oriented. Mr. Ross is dedicated to serving his students through his passion of sports, traveling, and life in hopes to serve as a mentor and springboard for them to fully pursue their own passions and positively influence those around them.


PhD in Sport Management-ABD, Troy University, Troy, AL
MS in Kinesiology (Sport Management concentration), University of Georgia, Athens, GA
BA in History, Piedmont University, Demorest, GA


“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” — Paulo Coelho


As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27v17