Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Military Affairs
Bob Ross currently is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs. He was appointed by former Governor M. Jodi Rell and reappointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. He serves as an advisor to the Governor on defense industry issues and is the primary liaison to the Connecticut congressional delegation on military and defense matters. He is responsible for coordinating state-wide efforts to protect Connecticut military bases and facilities from closure in future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) rounds. He also represents the state in policy and programs to enhance quality of life for service members and military families residing in or deploying from Connecticut..
Bob is a former Navy surface warfare officer who piloted aircraft carriers and guided missile cruisers before directing public affairs of the United States Sixth Fleet, encompassing naval operations ashore and at sea in the Mediterranean, European and North African areas of responsibility. He also served as a spokesman at the Pentagon and Director of community and media relations for the Atlantic Fleet. He was awarded the Legion of Merit upon his retirement from the Navy in 2003.
Bob holds an M.A. in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Connecticut. As a former City Administrator for the City of Cripple Creek, Colorado, and former First Selectman (Mayor) of the Town of Salem, Connecticut, he has decades of experience in federal, state and municipal government. He is a Commissioner on the Connecticut Maritime Commission, Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, and former adjunct Professor of Public Policy in the UCONN Graduate School and Eastern Connecticut State University. He was presented the UCONN Department of Public Policy Distinguished Alumni award in 2008. And he was selected as the 2014 Member of the Year by the national Association of Defense Communities.
Bob Ross continues to reside in Salem, CT, with his wife Nita and their children.
• M.A., Public Policy and Administration, University of Connecticut (2004)
• M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College Newport, RI (1998)
• Certificate, Graduate Studies, Govt. Communication, University of Oklahoma (1997)
• B.A. Communication, Bethany College, Bethany, OK (1985)
• The LEGION OF MERIT for distinguished public service in European, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.
• Three MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDALS for meritorious service in the Atlantic Fleet.
• The NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL for coordinating public events, including three events with Presidents of the United States.
• The ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL for outstanding performance in Operation Desert Storm.
• The JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL for outstanding performance in Operation Restore Democracy.
• Two NAVY ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS for superior performance in Naval Surface Warfare, Navigation and Security Operations.
Personal Interests and Civic Activities
• Trustee, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT (2010-2011)
• Member, Board of Directors, Southeastern CT Enterprise Region (2010-2011).
• Member, Board of Selectmen, Town of Salem, CT (2007-2011).
• Council Member, UCONN MPA Alumni Association (2009-2010).
• Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Policy, UCONN Graduate School (2009).
• Adjunct Professor, Public Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University (2008).
• UCONN MPA Program Young Distinguished Alumni Award (2008).
• Board Member, Southeastern CT Council of Governments, Norwich, CT (2007-2009).
• Member, Connecticut Council of Small Towns (2007-2009).
• Member, Lions Clubs International, Salem, CT (2007-2011).
• Graduate, Leadership Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO (2006).
• Commissioner, Charter Commission, Town of Salem, CT (2003-2004).
• Lead Organizer, U.S. participation in the 1st Special Olympics in Italy (2001-2002).
• Member, Board of Directors, International Naval Review, New York, NY (2000).
• Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, Norfolk, VA (1995-1996).