Harmony Cross

  • Dean of Student Success

Education

  • MEd in educational leadership, higher education concentration, Temple University
  • Bachelor’s in public administration, North Carolina Central University

Biography

As the Dean of Student Success, Harmony is responsible for supporting the college’s strategic goals by cultivating, strengthening, and oversight and leadership to the Center for Student Success and the implementation of a comprehensive student retention and persistence strategy. An innovative and forward-thinking leader, she is passionate about student success and excels in creating department structure and designing sustainable practices that promote efficiency.

Prior to joining the Oberlin Community, Harmony served as the dean of student development, engagement, and inclusion at Holyoke Community College where she provided leadership to the co-curricular areas and led student success initiatives. Most notably, Harmony redesigned her division during a time of institutional realignment to meet the diverse needs of HCC’s students. Cross led the strategic plan linkage pilot project for her division, which provided clear goals and metrics for her staff. Harmony also led the inception of the college’s student development department, which aimed to increase the retention of its participants. 

Previously, Harmony served as the director of the New York State Education Departments’ (NYSED) Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Marymount Manhattan College where she managed and developed holistic services and high-impact practices for academically and economically underserved students. Harmony created specialized leadership and professional development opportunities for this population, which led to an increase in student recognition and participation in prestigious fellowships. During Cross’s time at MMC, she was appointed as the New York City representative for the Higher Education Opportunity Program Professional Organization (HEOP-PO) overseeing the largest region in the state.

Harmony is passionate about removing inequitable barriers for marginalized populations; cultivating a sense of belonging and safe-space; increasing students’ social and cultural capital; and providing relevant opportunities for students to be fully engaged in the collegiate experience.

Harmony enjoys spending time with her loved ones; attempting new plant-based recipes; practicing therapeutic self-care methods; and traveling the world. 

Harmony earned her MEd in educational leadership, higher education concentration at Temple University. She earned a bachelor's degree in public administration at North Carolina Central University. She is currently working on her EdD in higher education administration at Bradley University.