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Gary B. Crosby, Ph.D.

Saint Elizabeth University President

President Crosby's headshotDr. Gary B. Crosby is the eighth president of Saint Elizabeth University (SEU), having assumed that role on July 1, 2021. He is the first African American and first male president in the University's 122-year history.

Recognized for his student-centered, mission-oriented and transformational leadership, Dr. Crosby brings nearly 20 years of innovative and progressive administrative experience, and leadership, serving most recently as vice president for student affairs at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University (AAMU) in Huntsville, AL.

While at AAMU, Dr. Crosby provided leadership in key areas to increase enrollment, redefine and reimagine the overall student experience, establish the University’s business and industry cluster, enhance the University’s image and recognition, and diversify revenue. He also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning and led initiatives to strengthen strategic priorities. Immediately before joining AAMU, Dr. Crosby served as assistant vice president for student affairs at Jackson State University.

Dr. Crosby has published and presented numerous articles, reports, and technical papers on higher education and community engagement. He has received awards and honors commending him for service and leadership to higher education.

A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Dr. Crosby holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from The University of Southern Mississippi. He also holds a master's degree in political science and a doctorate in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University. In addition, he is a 2019-2020 American Council on Education (ACE) fellow at Rutgers University-Newark, holds a certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University and is a 2016 Protégé of the Millennium Initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Dr. Crosby and his wife, Larissia, are the parents of two daughters, Julia and Elise.