Jerrold Ross, Ph.D.

Jerrold Ross

Title: Dean Emeritus
Company: St. John’s University
Location: New York, New York, United States

Jerrold Ross, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus at St. John’s University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education and academic administration.

Drawing upon nearly 60 years of professional experience, Dr. Ross most recently served as dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University from 1995 until attaining emeritus status in 2014, having also served as academic vice president from 2010 to 2014. During his tenure, St. John’s University has notably been recognized as a top school in several categories, particularly among graduating educators. Due to his esteemed standing and accomplishments with the university, he was given the Presidential Medal in 2008. Prior to serving St. John’s University, Dr. Ross was employed with New York University in numerous capacities, including director of the National Center for Research in Arts Education, chairman of the faculty council, member of the senate, acting vice dean, associate dean, head of the division of arts and art education, head of the division of music education and instructor of music education.

Commencing his career as a music teacher in Syosset and Great Neck, NY, Dr. Ross also served the New York College of Music as chairman of the department of teacher education and as president. Equally passionate about his community, he was also the vice president of the Concert Artists Guild, Inc., in the 1960s, as well as on the board of directors of the Usdan Center for the Arts for many years between 1972 and 2002. The former president of the American Association of Music Therapists, he was also a member of the board of Bread and Life, the largest food service for underprivileged citizens. Most recently, from 2008 to 2018, he chaired the New York City School Chancellor’s Task Force.

Dr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from New York University, and a Master of Science from Queens College. In 1997, he was presented with an honorary doctorate in humanities by Emerson College. As a testament to his profound success, he was named Distinguished Educator of the Year by the New York Academy of Public Education in 2010 and Distinguished Educator of the Year by Phi Delta Kappa in 2008. In addition, he received a Bread and Life Award and an Usdan Center for the Arts Award, and was named a Distinguished Leader in Education in 2014. Dr. Ross has been highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.

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Education Update Profile

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