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Dolores E. Cross

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Education Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio Caliente, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Go the distance.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1938
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
Education Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio Caliente, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Go the distance.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1938
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Celebrated educator and university administrator Dolores Cross raised the bar of institutional performance as the first female president of both Morris Brown College in Atlanta and Chicago State University. Born to Ozie and John Tucker on August 29, 1938, in Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Cross's early education took place in Newark's public school system. After receiving her B.S. in education from Seton Hall University in 1963, Dr. Cross furthered her education by gaining her M.S. in education from Hofstra University and later her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Throughout her career, Dr. Cross has been consistent in her commitment to educational excellence. While earning her B.S. as a young mother, she overcame negative societal attitudes about race and gender. After completing her Ph.D. in 1971, Cross went on to make a critical impact in institutions of higher education. She has since served as an associate professor of education at Claremont University in California, vice chancellor for student affairs and special programs at City University of New York, president of the New York State Services Corporation, and as president of Morris Brown College and Chicago State University. In addition to her earned degrees, she has received more than eight honorary degrees from various universities and has served on numerous national and international associations and boards, including the American Council on Education and the Institute for International Education.

Ending her tenure at Morris Brown in the summer of 2002, Dr. Cross continued her commitment to education by acting as chairperson of the American Association of Higher Education. She chronicled her life story in a memoir entitled, Breaking Through the Wall: A Marathoner's Story published by Third World Press. Dr. Cross had two adult children, Jane Cross and Thomas Cross, Jr.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dolores Cross interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dolores Cross's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dolores Cross details her parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dolores Cross recalls painful memories from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dolores Cross remembers smells from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dolores Cross discusses family life after her parents separated
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dolores Cross describes her childhood neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dolores Cross talks about her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dolores Cross recounts her interactions with her father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dolores Cross details her enthusiasm for reading
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dolores Cross talks about her sibling rivalry with her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dolores Cross discusses the personality traits she inherited from her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dolores Cross talks about her problem with stuttering
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dolores Cross recalls her aspirations during and after high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dolores Cross talks about the family and friends who influenced her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dolores Cross discusses juggling her education, marriage and family in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dolores Cross talks about the difficulty of raising her family while attending college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dolores Cross details her husband's professional endeavors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dolores Cross talks about her civil rights activism and her husband's career track in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dolores Cross details more of her civil rights activism in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dolores Cross discusses the excitement of the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dolores Cross discusses her family life in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dolores Cross details her academic career moves and its effects on the family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dolores Cross talks about her husband's career difficulties and her mentor at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dolores Cross recounts her career move to Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dolores Cross discusses her studies in multiculturalism while teaching at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dolores Cross talks about adjusting to the environment at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dolores Cross details her duties at Claremont Graduate School and subsequent appointment at CUNY
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dolores Cross recalls her career as Vice Chancellor at the City University of New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dolores Cross details her accomplishments at the City University of New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dolores Cross explains how she changed the image of Chicago State University as president
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dolores Cross recalls connecting with students while president of Chicago State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dolores Cross discusses her marathon running
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dolores Cross talks about her departure from Chicago State University due to her mother's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dolores Cross states her concerns about the education of African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dolores Cross comments on the survival of black educational institutions, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dolores Cross comments on the survival of black educational institutions, Part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dolores Cross talks about her belief in the public school system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dolores Cross discusses multiculturalism within today's society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dolores Cross talks about the future of African American history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dolores Cross considers her legacy and how she would like to be remembered