Raymond E. Crossman is Chicago’s second longest-serving university president and the USA and Canada’s longest-serving LGBTQ university president. In 2003, Dr. Crossman was appointed the fifth president of Adler University. During Dr. Crossman’s tenure, Adler University has grown from a psychology school enrolling about 200 students to a university enrolling about 1,800 graduate students at its Chicago, Vancouver, and online campuses. With his leadership, the University launched the Adler Institutes for Social Change and Adler Community Health Services – both supporting the health of communities in Chicago and Vancouver.
In 2017, Dr. Crossman took a step unprecedented for a university president—he discussed his HIV status with the university community and with the international press to advocate for marginalized communities. As president, he has ensured Adler University has taken a stand on issues such as human rights, undocumented students, and climate change.
Dr. Crossman currently serves on the board of directors for Chicago Public Media, Thresholds, Illinois Campus Compact, and the LGBT Fund for the Chicago Community Trust. He co-founded LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education in 2010, hosted its inaugural meeting in Chicago, and co-chaired the growing advocacy organization until 2018. His community work has included service on the boards of the Center on Halsted (Vice Chair), Chicago Loop Alliance, and OUT at Chicago History Museum (Chair).
He was recently appointed to the Presidents’ Council of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. He serves on the editorial board of Training and Education in Professional Psychology, and he serves on the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Institutional Actions Council. Dr. Crossman is a Past President of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, is a Past Chair of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils of the American Psychological Association, and served on the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. He received the Significant Professional Contribution Award from the Hawai’i Psychological Association.
Dr. Crossman received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in Psychology and Fine Arts from Fordham University; he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University; and he studied at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.