Dr. Raymond W. Cross
The Board of Trustees for the State University of New York
named Raymond Wayne Cross the seventh president of Morrisville State College on January 27, 1998.
A person who describes himself as ordinary, but who has already demonstrated a
work ethic and drive that is extraordinary, Dr. Cross is the ideal person to lead Morrisville State College into the 21st century.
Raised on a dairy farm in Michigan, he was educated in Michigan's public college
sector including Ferris State, Central Michigan and Michigan State universities. He
served as a department head and professor in the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies
Department, associate professor and department head of the Computer-Aided Design Department,
and program director of CAD/CAM and Computer Instruction.
As president and CEO of Northwest Technical College, Dr. Cross was responsible for
the leadership, supervision, planning, operation and performance of the five-campus
college. During his tenure, he chaired the Chancellor's Special Advisory Group on
Governance and Support Services which led to the merger of 10 community and technical
colleges within the state.
His career extends beyond education into both the corporate business world,
where he served as a business consultant, designer and small business owner; and the
military, where he served meritoriously with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
In his first months at Morrisville State College, President Cross has led the college in
new and exciting directions. Dedicated to submerging the campus in technology, President
Cross, in partnership with IBM, made Morrisville State College a ThinkPad University. The new
program equips students with laptop computers which provide them with access to technology
anywhere, anytime. Four programs are currently participating in a pilot program of
ThinkPad University. By 1999, a total of 650 students will be participating in the
program, which has revolutionized teaching methods, attracted more prospective students
and will make graduates more desirable to prospective employers.
ThinkPad University is just one of the many initiatives that are a part of President
Cross' plan to make Morrisville State College synonymous with technology. Since his arrival, the
campus has expanded distance-learning courses and has begun offering courses via the
Internet. President Cross has involved the campus in a variety of initiatives, including
the creation of a strategic plan for Morrisville State College and laying the groundwork for an
Entrpreneurial Center for students, staff and alumni. Plans are underway for a Java
Institute, and Equine Institute, and the expansion of the Norwich Campus.
President Cross has also been a key player and strong voice in the University
Colleges of Technology (UCT) alliance, proposing a UCT Business and Industry arm and
bringing new academic programs to the campus through the alliance.
Since he came to Morrisville State College, President Cross has not only taken a leadership
role at the campus, but also with various organizations, including the Madison County
Industrial Development Agency Board and the Crouse Community Center where he serves as
a board member.
Maintained by Sue Greenhagen.
Last updated 31 May 2000