Tony Ross, Ed.D, interim president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, will be honored Oct. 13 with induction into the Northern Arizona University College of Education’s Hall of Fame.
Ross, who joined MCC in August, worked as an administrator at Northern Arizona from 1983 to 1994, first as assistant dean of students, then associate dean, then dean and finally assistant vice president for student affairs.
He also earned his doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Northern Arizona, in 1984.
Ross left Northern Arizona in 1994 for Wichita State University, where he was associate to the president and later interim vice president for student affairs.
Ross was nominated by Eugene M. and Margaret Ann Hughes, who served as president and vice president for student affairs, respectively, at Northern Arizona University. The Hugheses were inducted into the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2014 and they serve as members of the College of Education Leadership Council.
From their nomination letter: “Tony has exceptional talent and ability, in addition to being one of the most charismatic people in higher education today. To this day, we can say honestly that we’ve not as yet met the person who does not admire, respect, and LIKE Tony.”
Eugene Hughes later served as president of Wichita State. There, Ross succeeded as associate to the president “even beyond my highest expectations. The quality of his work product was uniformly high. …
“At Wichita State he improved relationships with surrounding neighborhoods and worked to remain visible during times when political issues affected the perception of the university. Less than two years after he arrived at Wichita State he was featured in the Wichita Eagle, the state’s largest newspaper, in a showcase of his incredibly positive impact.”
Ross says the Hall of Fame recognition is “a tremendous honor and something I never envisioned receiving … it’s just amazing.”
His other achievements include helping Northern Arizona become the first campus in the state to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. He also was involved in creating major partnerships with tribal communities in Arizona, establishing a Native American recruiting team and building one of the first multicultural centers in the state.
The induction ceremony will take place on the Northern Arizona campus in Flagstaff. Ross says two of his four children will be on hand.
Ross will be one of three honorees at the event, which recognizes alumni and other individuals “who have made significant contributions in their occupations, disciplines or positions and who have advanced the vision and mission” of the College of Education.
Ross, a native of Rochester, N.Y., was most recently vice president for student affairs at California State University-Los Angeles. He was appointed interim president at MCC-Penn Valley following the resignation of Joe Seabrooks, who took a job in Texas.