Raymond Crossman

Adler University

Dr. 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.

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