Samantha Ross

Samantha Ross
Samantha B. Ross
Vice President for University Community, Child & Youth Services
2020 EdD Manhattanville College (Higher Education Leadership)
2001 MA Chapman University (Marriage & Family Therapy)
1992 BA University of Washington (Psychology)


Dr. Ross has worked for over three decades as an educator, military leader, and program administrator. She has expertise in evaluating sociocultural developments and identifying strategic opportunities to effectively integrate innovative solutions into the strategic planning and development process. Samantha has developed and delivered targeted messaging for various audiences, and effectively builds consensus through collaboration with multiple stakeholders to implement, assess and refine programming, to achieve strategic outcomes. Samantha holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Manhattanville College, a master’s degree from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, both in Psychology. She is a certified marriage and family therapist in the state of New York and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Samantha and her husband have four children, three attending college in the US and a middle school son, enjoying the beauty and excitement of living in Okinawa.

Samantha is honored to be working with the University Community Services team and is excited to be engaged in the important work of providing exceptional support to the OIST community.


2021- Vice President University Community Services, OIST
2020- Independent Consultant, Human Relationships and Communities, LLC
2015- Marriage & Family Life Counselor, Magellan Health, TELL
2015-20 Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program Manager, USMA
Apr-Aug 2015 healingSPACE Program Manager, YWCA of Bergen County
2014-15 Commandant/Senior Army Instructor, New York Military Academy
2010-14 Professor of Military Science, Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, Siena College
2009-10 Deputy District Commander, Afghanistan Engineer District, South, Kandahar, USACE
2007-09 Operations Officer, New York District, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
2002-07 Instructor, Assistant Professor, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, United States Military Academy (USMA)
1992-2002 Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander, Team Chief, Army Corps of Engineers (Germany, Korea, US)


2010 Bronze Order of the de Fleury
2004 Award for Teaching Excellence