Robert J. Ross

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Robert J. Ross is President and CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Inasmuch Foundation[1][1][2] and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation[2],[3] two of Oklahoma’s largest private foundations, which make millions of dollars in donations a year to projects across the nation.

Both foundations were started by Edith Kinney Gaylord[4] in 1982. The Inasmuch Foundation is dedicated to funding projects to improve health, education, arts and the environment in Oklahoma. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation's mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.

Career and Education[edit]

Ross previously was employed as an attorney with the Oklahoma City law firm McAfee & Taft. He is a graduate of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and Washington and Lee University in Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. At W&L, he was a co-chairman of the 1996 Mock Convention, which correctly predicted that Bob Dole would receive the Republican presidential nomination. After attending W&L, he received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.


In 2000, Ross was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, representing the Oklahoma Republican party on the floor of the national convention. Ross is also a member of the following Boards of Directors: Colorado College, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Maverick Pac Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Smart Start Central Oklahoma, St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, Sunbeam Family Services, Oklahoma City Educare and Tulsa Educare.

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2007, Ross received the national Beyond Z Award, presented at the KIPP School Summit, for his dedication and support to KIPP Reach College Preparatory in Oklahoma City.[5]

In 2009, Ross received the distinguished University of Oklahoma Regent’s Award, the University’s highest honor bestowed on alumni.[6][7]

In addition, under Ross's leadership, Inasmuch Foundation was honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County as the Champion of Youth 2009.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ross was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on January 11, 1974 to William Jarboe and Mary Lillian Ross. He is married to Heather Nicole Ross and has a daughter, Lillian Margaret Ross, and a son, Francis Joseph Ross. He lives in Oklahoma City.


  1. ^ "$375,000 given in emergency-help grants from Inasmuch Foundation." Bryan Dean, The Oklahoman. January 31, 2009,
  2. ^ "Inasmuch Director finds satisfaction from service." Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman. May 3, 2009,
  3. ^ "Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Awards $1.27 million in grants." Staff reports, The Oklahoman. February 12, 2009,
  4. ^ "Following in her footsteps." Jesse Olivarez, The Oklahoman. October 5, 2007,
  5. ^ "Inasmuch CEO receives '07 'Beyond Z' award." Staff reports, The Oklahoman. August 12, 2007,
  6. ^ "OU to present Regents' Alumni Awards." Staff reports, Journal Record. May 1, 2009,
  7. ^ "OU honors 10 with Regents' Alumni Awards." OU News Services, The Norman Transcript. April 30, 2009,
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