Interim Dean of Leatherby Libraries Announced

Kevin Ross, Ph.D., who has been serving as associate dean of Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries, has been named Interim Dean of Leatherby Libraries, effective September 1. Ross will replace Charlene Baldwin, who will retire August 2021 following a year-long sabbatical. 

Ross brings with him a wealth of library and higher education expertise. His time at Chapman spans 20 years where he has served in various capacities including, librarian, department chair, adjunct faculty member, distance education librarian and interim dean twice before.

At Chapman, Ross is active in professional service and leadership; he has served in the Faculty Undergraduate Academic Council, the Faculty Senate and the 150th Anniversary Committee among many other leadership roles across campus. He has also demonstrated avid service to the library profession, having dedicated years of work on behalf of the Orange Public Library Foundation, the Orange County Library Association and the California & Academic Research Libraries. 

A Chapman alumnus, Ross earned his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Cultural and Curricular Studies and his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from the Donna Ford Attallah School of Educational Studies. He and his wife, Tam, have been funding the Leatherby Libraries Kevin and Tam Ross Undergraduate Research Prize since 2014.