Dr. Jerrold Ross, Ph.D. is Dean of The School of Education and Academic Vice President of the Staten Island campus at St. John's. He was formerly Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education at New York University. He was Director of the National Arts Education Research Center at New York University 1987-1995.
Dr. Ross holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from New York University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Emerson College, Boston. He served as President of the New York College of Music as well as Director of the renowned Town Hall in New York City.
He began his career as a teacher of music in the public schools of Syosset, Great Neck and New York. He also taught music education at New York University where be became Chairman of the Department of Music and Music Education and Head of the Division of Arts and Arts Education before becoming Associate Dean of The School of Education.
Dr. Ross has been Director of many research and training projects including those funded by the Rockefeller, Mellon, J.P. Morgan Chase, Pinkerton and Samuel Rubin Foundations, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dr. Ross was a founding Board member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, a national accrediting group for schools of education (1998-2006). He served as a member of the Teacher Education Certification and Practice Board, as well as an evaluator of higher education programs for the State of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. He is also a member of the New York State Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Chair of the Arts Education Advisory Panel to the Panel on Educational Priorities of the New York City Public Schools. He served as a member of the Board and Secretary of the Alumni and Friends of LaGuardia High School for Music and the Arts in New York City. He is currently a member of the U.S. Committee for UNESCO.
In June 2006 he was awarded a medal for Distinguished Achievement as an Administrator by St. John's University. In July 2006 the Trustees of the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts named a new Discovery Center building for children ages 6-8 in honor of Dr. Ross' 36 years as President of the Board (1968 - 2004). The New York State Education Department and its Board of Regents presented him with a certificate to commemorate the occasion and the New York State School Music Association cited him for "50 Years of Service to the Children of New York State."