I am writing to inform you that Teryl ann Rosch, Associate Dean & Associate Professor in the College of Education, will retire from Roosevelt University on April 30 after nearly 30 years of exemplary service.
Terry joined Roosevelt after serving as Dean of Students at De Paul University for several years. She was hired by President Rolf Weil to handle special projects related to student services and enrollment management. Shortly after his appointment, President Theodore L. Gross appointed Terry as his executive assistant and, over several years, her administrative repertoire broadened to include board development, strategic planning, institutional advancement, public relations, and fund-raising.
Starting in 1995, with support from the Ford Foundation, Terry created and directed an educational collaborative known as the Chicago Education Alliance (CEA). The CEA brought together 11 private and public universities, the city colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, multiple corporations and civic organizations to address the needs of thousands of public school children, teachers, principals, and parents. By providing a context for joint planning and policy development, more than $200 million was raised to support systemic initiatives. Foremost among these efforts was the unprecedented $31 million grant in 1999 (the largest grant ever awarded nationally for a new federal initiative) -- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs -- now known simply as GEAR UP.
Terry devoted much of her professional life to improving academic and enrichment opportunities for children and families within Chicago. She served as the principal investigator for numerous federal and philanthropic grant and research projects. This work continues today through the COE's Office of Community Engagement.
In addition to teaching in the college, Terry advised doctoral students working on their dissertations, and led the college's M.A. and Ed.D. programs in Educational Leadership.
Terry has recently accepted the Presidency of Kids At Hope, a not-for-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona that partners with the COE's new Instructional Leadership Program. She is thrilled to be able to continue her work on behalf of children and families nationally.
Please join me in thanking Terry for her dedicated service and in wishing her much success in the future. She will be sorely missed! If you wish to reach out to Terry, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.