Gary Crosby Will Be the First Man and First African American to Lead Saint Elizabeth University

Gary B. Crosby was named the eighth president of Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey. When he takes office on July 1, he will be the man and the first African American to lead the university in its 121-year history.

Saint Elizabeth University enrolls more than 800 undergraduate students and about 450 graduate students. African Americans make up 30 percent of the undergraduate student body. In 2016, what was then the College of St. Elizabeth became a co-educational institution. It transitioned to university status in 2020.

Since 2015, Dr. Crosby has been vice president for student affairs at Alabama A&M University. Prior to joining AAMU, he served in various capacities at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

“I am deeply honored to join Saint Elizabeth University as its eighth president,” said Dr. Crosby. “I was drawn to SEU’s history of service in leadership to others, as well as its longstanding proactive commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Its focus on social justice, dating back to the institution’s founding by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, is more critical today than ever. I look forward to advancing the university’s mission while supporting the opportunities and programs that make SEU a place I want to call home.”

A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Dr. Crosby holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi. He earned a master’s degree in political science and a doctorate in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University.

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