Dr. Christine Ross, the Cumberland School Board member representing District 5, has been on the Board since 2008. During this period, she served a two-year term as Board Chairman. During her time in office, she saw the opening of the new CHS/CMS complex. Dr. Ross has been a dedicated supporter of fine arts programs and of providing enrichment opportunities for all students.
Currently, Dr. Ross is the Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness for Hampden-Sydney College. As part of her job, she is responsible for overseeing institutional research, assessment, and accreditation for the college. She also serves on numerous committees, including the Hampden-Sydney College Steering Committee, the Strategic Planning Feasibility Committee, and the Noel Levitz Action Planning Committee.
Her previous work experiences have been varied. From 1992-1999, Dr. Ross was a 6th and 7th grade teacher for Cumberland Middle School, where she also served as the Lead Teacher. Moreover, she was named the CMS Teacher of the Year and the Division Teacher of the Year. Other work experiences include serving as an adjunct faculty member for Longwood University, a professor of practice for Virginia Commonwealth University, an EDULead Consultant for VCU SOE Associates, an elementary principal for Henrico County Public Schools, and a PK-12 principal for Blue Mountain Union School in Vermont.
Dr. Ross received her Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in elementary education and minored in music. She earned her Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from Longwood University, completed doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, and received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Ross has presented at numerous educational and professional conferences, including the Southern Association for Institutional Research Conference, the Higher Educational Data Sharing Consortium Conference, the Virginia School Boards Association Conference, and the VCU Energy and Sustainability Conference. She received the Principals Award from the Blue Mountain Union School system in Vermont, was named a Fulbright Memorial Scholar, and was invited to be a panelist for an Oxford University Round Table. Furthermore, she is the author of several papers and has three manuscripts currently in the process of publication.
As a firm believer in getting involved in professional organizations, Dr. Ross is a member of the Southern Association of Institutional Research, the Virginia Educational Research Association, the National School Boards Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Virginia Association for Management Analysis and Planning. On a more personal level, she is a member of the Farmville Area Women’s Leadership Network and Zeta Sigma Tau sorority.
She is the mother of four children, ranging in age from 28 to 9. She is proud to note that her oldest daughter is an educator teaching high school English. She has three dogs—a white bichon and two black German shepherds. Her special interests include writing, public education, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and neurolinguistics. Hobbies are blogging, reading, writing, playing guitar and piano, singing, and learning anything new. Her favorite quote comes from Alice in Wonderland by Louis Carroll: “Alice asked, ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cheshire Cat.”