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February 9, 2021

Family Connections Run Deep for Ross

Alum Jumps Hurdles for University
Family Connections Run Deep for Ross
Former track student-athlete, Tyrell Ross, '10 and '18, now makes his mark on the university in a different way – as the college's director of finance and budget.

Hailing from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, Tyrell Ross, ’10 and ’18, ventured halfway across the country to attend college due to family connections. Today, after earning accounting and MBA degrees, the former track star continues to make his mark at Nebraska Business.

“My mom, (Rebecca Ward-Ross, ’84, actuarial science) grew up in Albion, Nebraska, and my dad, (Edward) ran track from 1982 to 1984,” said Ross. “My proudest moment was running my best time of 13.68 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles. That beat my dad’s best time of 13.83, which was the school record for 12 years.”

Tyrell Ross followed in his father Edward Ross' footsteps by competing in the hurdles for the Nebraska Track and Field team.
Tyrell Ross, ’10 and ’18, followed in his father Edward Ross', ‘84, footsteps by competing in the hurdles for the Nebraska Track and Field team.

After graduation, Ross worked for the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In 2014, he became assistant financial manager at the College of Business. Later, he was promoted to director of finance and budget.

Looking to expand his leadership skills, he enrolled in the MBA@Nebraska program. A top-ranked program, Ross called it a no-brainer.

“I knew an advanced degree would help my career,” said Ross. “The courses enhanced my understanding of business topics, and I enjoyed working with other students via phone, Zoom and discussion boards. Building relationships through the program provides more understanding on how to relate course topics to actual jobs,” he said.

Rik Barrera, associate dean of student services, inclusion and chief operating officer, helped bring Ross to the college to provide solid financial oversight. He sees Ross taking charge during the tough financial times during the pandemic.

“One of Tyrell’s greatest strengths is his desire and drive to always improve and continue learning,” said Barrera. “He immediately worked to develop ways of improving our financial operations. He also has continually sought ways, outside of his job, to contribute to making the college better.”

Family and business combined for a winning combination for Ross in Lincoln. His two brothers, Aaron, ’07, and Jamelle, ’11, are also alumni, and his wife, Kelly, ’13, earned a business minor.

“I chose to come to Nebraska due to family and running as a Husker was a dream come true. I will never forget the memories and those who shared in my journey,” said Ross.