College, masters from both Syracuse and Azusa Pacific universities,
his PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature was conferred by
City University of New York and he did post-graduate work at the
Universidad de Salamanca in Spain and the Universidad Nacional
Evangelica in the Dominican Republic.
Rossi, who is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and Latin, was
recently named to his position and is looking forward to the changes
he said are in store for the Christian institute for higher learning.
"I am happy to feel the excitement on campus," Rossi said. "There
is a feeling on campus of drive and determination from the faculty,
staff and students."
In his short time on campus, Rossi has had a handful of uplifting
incidents including powerful prayer meetings with other faculty
members and encouraging student events. One that sticks out the most
is when a student came up and hugged him, thanking him for coming to
The attitude of Christian students is uplifting and refreshing,
Rossi said, especially when compared to secular campuses where
students can sometimes be cynical.
Rossi came to Vanguard University, after leaving a seven-year
stint at Azusa Pacific University, where he worked as a professor of
modern languages, Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences and, most recently, the director of the Center for
Vanguard President Murray Dempster said he was delighted to have
Rossi join the Vanguard team.
"His distinguished career in Christian higher education and
diverse experience as a teacher, a researcher and an innovator make
him an invaluable addition to our campus."
Most importantly, Dempster said, Rossi's leadership and management
skills will help the school during a critical phase of growth and
Rossi has already outlined and implemented some major changes for
the school, including weekly prayer meetings, technological upgrades
for classrooms, various additions in majors and masters' programs and
administrative decision making.
Although his ideas require major structural changes, and even
changes in location, they have been well received so far, Rossi said.