Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates
Cruse W. Moss, BSISE '48 and LDD_ENGR '85 (HON), has distinguished himself with over 30 years of engineering, manufacturing and marketing experience in tactical vehicles, transit buses and commercial truck and farm equipment. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and doctorate (honorary) from Ohio University. He began his career with Kaiser-Jeep Corporation and became Executive Vice President. When American Motors purchased Kaiser-Jeep in 1970, Cruse became President of their military truck and bus division and Group Vice President of American Motors. He also served as Chairman of the Council of Trustees for the Association of the United State Army. Cruse later joined White Motor Corporation as President and CEO and Chairman of the Board.
In 1981 he left White Motor to develop General Automotive Corporation and the Patton Corporation, both of which, he founded. He retired in 1996 from General Automotive and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Patton Corporation which acquires and manages operating businesses. Moss has been a member of numerous national organizations and corporations including the Society of Automotive Engineers, Economic Club of Detroit and Tau Beta Pi. He is a former Ohio University Foundation Board Trustee, an Ohio University Medal of Merit recipient, and the Ohio University 1995 Alumnus of the Year. He is a member of the Russ College Board of Visitors. Cruse chaired the College’s Major Gifts Committee during the Third Century Campaign and has supported faculty growth and achievement.