SJU Dinner Honors Retiring Education Dean Jerrold Ross, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

More than 200 St. John’s University faculty, administrators, alumni, and friends gathered at the New York Hilton Hotel on April 28 to celebrate the career of educator Jerrold Ross, Ph.D., who retires this year as Dean of The School of Education. 

Reflecting his many years of service at all levels of education, academic and political leaders also paid tribute to Ross, including Rev. Joseph Levesque, C.M., president of St. John’s; Carmen Fariña, chancellor of New York City’s Department of Education; David Steiner, former New York State commissioner of education; Ann Marcus, dean emerita at New York University; and John Usdan, president of the board of the Usdan Center for the Arts. 

In addition, proclamations and letters arrived from Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York; Senator Charles Schumer; Bill DeBlasio, mayor of New York City; Joel Klein, the city’s former schools chancellor; and Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the state Board of Regents.

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan also recognized Dean Ross’s 50-plus years of service in higher education and in the arts education community. “Your achievements extend beyond the classroom,” he wrote, “leading research ventures and advisory panels that have improved education throughout the country."

In his remarks, Ross thanked the University for the privilege of having been associated with St John’s for 19 years. He cautioned all those in the education profession to work against the downward curve of respect for imaginative learning—and to avoid a mechanistic set of assessments of predetermined ways to think.” “A redefinition of our goals is now within our grasp at both the University and lower grade levels,” he noted, “particularly in partnership with one another.”