Dr. Rosa, a nationally recognized education leader, received an Ed. M. and Ed. D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. She also holds two other Master of Science in Education degrees, one in Administration and Supervision and the other in Bilingual Education from the City College of New York and Lehman College respectively and a B.A. in psychology from the City College of New York. She has more than 30 years of instructional and administrative experience with an expertise in inclusive education, cooperative teaching models, student achievement and policy implementation.
Regent Judith Chen, a member of the search committee, said, "We set our goal to find an individual with exceptional qualities of leadership, statesmanship and unquestionable integrity … During our extended search process, my colleagues and I determined that Dr. Rosa stood above all others."