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Meet the Dean

Dr. Kevin Ross, Dean of the Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University, has worked in higher education for over 26 years as a teacher, librarian, and administrator. Kevin’s educational background includes a B.A. in Elementary Education from St. Ambrose University, an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Human Resources Management Certification from Chapman University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Chapman University. 

Kevin has worked at the Leatherby Libraries since 2000, and he has held a variety of positions in the library including Distance Education librarian, Coordinator of Bibliographic Instruction, Web Manager, Head of Reference, Chair of Public Services, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean. In his current role, Kevin provides leadership and support for library administrative services; serves as human resources’ liaison in collaboration with the campus HR Department; supervises, mentors, and evaluates the library's Associate Dean, Assistant Dean of Library Research and Data Services, Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives and Development Librarian, and our Library Manager; participates in library advancement activities; and oversees assessment planning, strategic planning, goal setting, and the library’s operations budget.

A message from Dean Kevin Ross:

Welcome to another exciting new academic year, where Anything is Imaginable, and where the crossroads of opportunities and challenges meet.

The Leatherby Libraries is poised to empower your educational success and to support academic and research endeavors across the curriculum, as we move purposefully toward envisioning a library that reimagines welcoming spaces, provides a diversified collection of resources, provides research and data support, embeds information and data literacy, offers top level customer service, and embraces innovative technologies.

As we prepare for the many possibilities and challenges that this new year will present, know that the Leatherby Libraries team is fully committed to offering our Chapman University community the support needed for successful learning, teaching, and researching. Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 academic year. Go Panthers!

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Kevin Ross

Dean, Leatherby Libraries
(714) 532-7751