Dean Christopher Rosa Named Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today approved the appointment of Dean Christopher Rosa as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, as recommended by Chancellor James B. Milliken.

Dean Rosa has been serving as University Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. He will report to Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita C. Rabinowitz. Dean Rosa succeeds Dr. Frank Sanchez, who was recently named President of Rhode Island College.

A national search will be conducted for a permanent Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Chris Rosa

Chris Rosa

Dean Rosa joined the CUNY Office of Student Affairs in 2004 after 11 years of student affairs experience at his alma mater, Queens College. At Queens, he served as Director of Services for Students with Disabilities; Director of the Student Support Services Program; and as Queens College’s Compliance Officer for the Americans with Disabilities Act. He also served as the College’s Affirmative Action Officer and as a Student Disciplinary Officer.

As University Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Dean Rosa has also been the steward for CUNY’s Ernesto Malave Leadership Academy, which develops leadership values and skills through experiential civic engagement, advocacy activities and leadership competency training.

Dean Rosa has Chaired the CUNY Committee on Student Disability Issues; the Executive Committee of the U.S. President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (now under the Office of Disability Employment Policy). He has also been Vice Chair of the New York State Independent Living Council, and a member of the National Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Dean Rosa earned his B.A. in sociology and philosophy from Queens College in 1989 and his Ph.D. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2001, with a dissertation entitled “Disability Rites: Constructing American Disability Culture.” A published disability studies scholar, he serves as a faculty member for CUNY’s Master’s Program in Disability Studies and has been the Co-Executive Officer of the Society for Disability Studies, the international professional association for Disability Studies Scholars.

For his leadership in expanding employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities, Dean Rosa was awarded a “Liberty Medal” by the New York Post in 2012.