August 1, 1993 Barbara Ross-Lee became the first African American woman to head a medical school in the United States when she was appointed dean of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Ross-Lee was born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology in 1965. In 1969, after working for the In 1973, she earned a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2001, Ross-Lee became dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and vice president of Health Sciences and Medical Affairs. Ross-Lee has received a number of awards, including an honorary doctorate from the New York Institute of Technology. She is also the older sister of Diana Ross.