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Adler University president receives honorary degree from Columbia College Chicago

University News | 05.15.24

Columbia College Chicago recognized President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree, honoris causa, at its commencement ceremony on May 12, underscoring his enduring impact and leadership in higher education. 

Dr. Crossman has served as president of Adler University for over two decades, making him one of the longest-serving presidents in North America. His tenure has been marked by a steadfast commitment to social justice and diversity, including being a renowned advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. 

In 2023, he edited and published the seminal book “LGBTQ Leadership in Higher Education,” establishing himself as a leading voice in the field. The book brought together 15 LGBTQ+ presidents and chancellors who shared why diversity, inclusion, and equity in leadership are important to meet today’s challenges. In 2017, he became the first university president to disclose his HIV status publicly, further underscoring his dedication to destigmatizing marginalized communities. 

Beyond Adler, Dr. Crossman is regarded for his leadership in higher education. He serves on the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities Council of Presidents and the Higher Learning Commission Institutional Actions Council. His civic leadership also includes service on the boards of Chicago Public Media, Thresholds, and Center on Halsted.  

Columbia College Chicago’s decision to confer this honor recognizes Dr. Crossman’s significant contributions to academia and society at large. The honorary degree ceremony will take place as part of Columbia College’s commencement weekend, where Dr. Crossman will address graduates, families, and attendees. 

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