Elizabeth (Liz) Ross received an undergraduate degree from New York University in 1966 and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in the history of education in 1971. She is the author of The Kindergarten Crusade
(Ohio University Press, 1976). She held three positions involving registration functions in institutions of higher education: first at SUNY-Purchase as assistant registrar (1980-1982), then at Marist College in Poughkeepsie as registrar (1983-1986), and finally at The New School, as university registrar, a position to which she was hired by the university’s first provost, Judith Walzer, in July 1986. Ross held that position until 2004. From 2001, she concurrently held a position as assistant provost, to which she was appointed by the second New School provost, Elizabeth Dickey. In 2004, Ross moved to the Provost’s Office full-time, first as associate provost, working with Provost Arjun Appadurai, and then as vice provost in 2006, the position she retained until her retirement in January 2015. Among her accomplishments during her New School career were her implementation of two new software programs (IRIS and Banner) that made possible online services to students in registration, tuition payment, and provision of graduation audits and transcripts.
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