Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., president of Adler University, was honored by Chicago Public Media (CPM), the largest local nonprofit news organization in the nation and home to WBEZ Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times, for his efforts in championing and amplifying the values of independence, inclusion, equity, and inquiry.
Each year, CPM hosts its annual fundraising gala to celebrate individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication and made significant contributions to the organization and the Chicago community. During the Oct. 26 celebration, Dr. Crossman received the Amplifier Award, which recognizes his service to the Board and community.
“We are pleased to recognize Ray Crossman with the 2023 Amplifier Award in celebration of his outstanding leadership and dedication to Chicago Public Media,” said Matt Moog, CEO of Chicago Public Media. “Ray has long been a champion of independent local journalism that serves all Chicago-area residents and he has helped us live up to our commitment to inclusion and equity. We are tremendously grateful for his impact.”
In his decade-long tenure as a member of the CPM Board of Directors, Dr. Crossman served as chair of the Governance Committee and currently serves as Board secretary. His deep and abiding dedication to equity and inclusion has helped reshape the CPM Board, including how it governs itself and recruits new directors. With Dr. Crossman’s leadership and influence, the CPM Board has evolved to better reflect the diversity of the Chicago community and the rich range of lived experiences that help inform CPM’s strategy and impact. Today, the CPM Board is comprised of over 50% persons of color.
“Cities are only as great as the journalism and media that stimulates them to be great,” shared Dr. Crossman. “Chicago Public Media makes Chicago vibrant, inclusive, and equitable – through telling untold stories, going past majoritarian narratives, exposing advantages and disadvantages, and making social justice happen. It’s an honor to be part of this important work.”
The Amplifier Award highlights Dr. Crossman’s commitment to a groundbreaking Adlerian concept: that our health resides in our community – so stronger, healthier communities mean stronger, healthier people. His work as a social justice advocate, educator, and psychologist shines through his work at the University, through community service in civic and professional boards, and through his published work on leadership and diversity.