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Alumni of Distinction
Donna Moss '71


Dr. Donna Jeanne Moss received her B.A. (History, 1969) and M.S. (Social Science Education, 1971) from SUNY Oneonta and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Syracuse University (1979).

While working on her Ph.D., Donna was elected as an officer of the Graduate Student Organization and served on the University Senate and other university organizations.  She was selected as the Outstanding Graduate School Student the year she graduated.  As an administrative intern she was the Syracuse City School District Title IX Coordinator and her leadership resulted in the district being one of the first in NYS to comply with Title IX in all areas.

Dr. Moss has been a building administrator at all levels K-12.  She was the first female principal to serve in the Morris and South Seneca Central School Districts.  She was Assistant Superintendent/Director for Curriculum in Amsterdam & Highland Schools and Supervisor for Research & Development at Ulster BOCES.  She has been an Interim Assistant Superintendent in districts and serves as a Consultant in NYS and NJ.  

Her vision has resulted in innovative programs for students and her integrity, honesty, and emphasis on equity and fairness has impacted everyone in these districts.  For example, she brought professional ballet, art, and symphony presentations to students; implemented on-line secondary courses; secured grant monies for a solar energy project and an electric car project; and implemented after school programs for ESL students and families.  At Ulster BOCES she wrote/coor-dinated 10 million dollars in grants that impacted all populations

Dr. Moss has conducted staff training and community presentations over her career on topics including curriculum development, data analysis, Common Core Standards, learning styles, change, and effective teaching.  She has presented in NYS and at national ASCD conferences, and has numerous publications.  An adjunct instructor at SUNY Oswego, SUNY New Paltz, and SUNY Cortland, she taught undergraduates and graduates.  A champion of equity during her career, she has mentored countless teachers and administrators.

Dr. Moss has been recognized and honored statewide and nationally.  For example, she was elected President of NYSASCD and NYS Congress of School Administrator Organizations and served on ASCD Board of Directors and various committees.  One of the first members of ASCD’s African American Critical Issues Network, she was honored for her leadership by that group in 2001.  She was a founder and President of Mid-Hudson Women in Educational Leadership and served on the Board and as Vice Chair for Affiliate Support for NYS Association for Women in Administration.  She was a member of the NYS Education Commissioner’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Education and NYS Education Department’s Staff and Curriculum Network.

Dr. Moss is a community leader.  She is on the Kingston Hospital Board of Directors, chairs the Broadway Hospital Campus Quality Assurance Committee, and is a member of SUNY Ulster’s VATEA Council.  She has served on many community Boards, including Family of Woodstock, Ulster County AIDS Task Force, Ulster County School-to-Work, and Ulster Youthbuild.  She is a member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, Arts Society of Kingston, Saugerties Fish & Game Club, Kingston Democratic Women, the Fabius Historical Society, and other groups.

Married to Joseph L. Lewis (SUNY Oneonta, 1972), they live in Kingston, NY.  She loves photography and painting and exhibits regionally.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:42:00 PM