Dr. Anthony Ross
Dr. Ross is Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor in the Charter College of Education, at California State University, Los Angeles. Tony joined Cal State L.A. in July 2000. Prior to joining CSULA he served as Vice President for Development with Edison Schools, Inc. for a year. From 1994-99, Dr. Ross was Associate to the President and later, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Wichita State University, in Wichita, Kansas.
Prior to his arrival at Wichita State, Tony served Northern Arizona University in such key roles as: Assistant Vice President for Student Services; Dean of Students; Associate Dean of Students, and Assistant Dean of Students from 1983 to 1994. He served as Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at St. Lawrence University from 1976-81. Tony began his career at Utica College in 1975 as a counselor in the Higher Education Opportunity Program.
Tony has been an active member of NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, for over 20 years. He was a member of the NASPA 2006 conference planning committee where he chaired the Featured Speakers committee. Tony has served as a faculty member and mentor for the NASPA African American Male Summit since 2002. The summit is held annually at the NASPA Conference. Tony served as a member of the Advisory Board for the James E. Scott Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness from 2001-2004. He has served as a mentor and faculty member for the NASPA Mid-Level Manager’s Institute at Northern Arizona University in 1991, 1992 and again in 2002. He was also a faculty member for the 1993 Mid-Level Manager’s Institute at Weber State University. In 1998, he was named as a member of the founding faculty for the NASPA Cultural Climate Workshop in Taos, New Mexico. He is a past member of the NASPA Board of Directors having served from 1992-94.
During his tenure as Associate to the President, Tony was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE) from 1995-99, and was named Chairperson of the association in 1997.
Throughout his career Dr. Ross has continued to serve higher education in a variety of capacities. These include: having served as a Consultant Evaluator for the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges as well as a graduate faculty member at Northern Arizona University having served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees. Tony has consulted on various topics in higher education and student affairs including: diversity, leadership, and planning to such diverse institutions as Kean University, California State University East Bay, Iowa Wesleyan College, Northern Arizona University, St. Lawrence University, UCLA, the University of North Dakota, the University of San Francisco and Eastern Kentucky University. Additionally, Dr. Ross has served as a diversity consultant to several corporations including Dupont and Arizona Public Service. Dr. Ross is a former member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, St. Lawrence University.
Always active in his communities Tony has served on such boards as: the Julian C. Dixon Advisory Board for Cultural Studies; Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative; NationsBank Community Reinvestment Act Board; St. Mark United Methodist Church Foundation Board; Wichita Family Preservation Agency; Wichita AIDS Fund; Wichita Center for Health and Wellness; United Way of the Plains; Wichita Minority Business Development Council; Community Health Advisory Program of the University of Kansas Medical Center; and Junior Achievement of Wichita. Other community involvement included the Coconino Community Guidance Center; Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society of Flagstaff; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Flagstaff; the City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Curriculum Committee for the Flagstaff Public Schools.
In 2006 Dr. Ross was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. He also received the Outstanding Commitment to Leadership and Service Award from the African American Knowledge Community of NASPA. Also in 2006 Dr. Ross received the inaugural Professional Achievement Award from the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE). In 1997, he was the recipient of the NAACP Image Award from the Wichita branch.
He earned his bachelors degree in Sociology (1975) as well as his masters degree in Counseling (1978) from St. Lawrence University. Tony received his doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Northern Arizona University in 1984.