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Virginia Roach

Virginia Roach Named Dean of Graduate School of Education

Education: Ed.D., Teachers College; M.A.S., The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Michigan State University

A scholar who has written extensively on emerging issues in educational reform, particularly special education and leadership development, Roach successfully led Bank Street College to its initial National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation, oversaw the expansion of online and professional development programming there, and created partnerships and programs with institutions in the United States and abroad. She also emphasized new approaches for developing teachers and leaders to serve effectively in diverse educational settings.

She was an associate professor of education at George Washington University from 2004 to 2011, where she chaired the Department of Educational Leadership, taught master’s and doctoral-level courses, and directed more than 30 dissertations in the field.

In 2013, she was lauded with the William J. Davis Research Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the University Council for Educational Administration; her professional contributions include service as editor of Educational Planning from 2009 to 2011 and membership on the boards of the International Society of Educational Planning and the United Nations International School.

Anthony Cavanna

Anthony Cavanna, EdD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Anthony Cavanna, Ed.D., has had a successful career as a teacher, school administrator and superintendent in school districts throughout Metropolitan New York. Most recently, he served as an assistant superintendent and chief academic officer in a troubled urban school district. He was assistant/deputy superintendent in the New York City’s Community School Districts and the founding principal of one of the city’s most successful and replicated schools – Mott Hall on the Campus of City College. He also served as a professor and researcher at various colleges and universities and not-for-profits including New York University, Barnard College and the American Institutes for Research.

While at NYU, he collaborated with the Dean and her staff in developing processes and technologies which were used to enhance the experiences of students, manage faculty interactions, improve record keeping and make decisions about program improvement. During that time, he was part of the faculty team that revised the school’s curriculum which enabled the school of education to receive national accreditation.

Anita Vazquez-Batisti

Anita Batisti

Associate Dean for Educational Partnerships
Education: BA, CUNY (Baruch College); MS, CUNY (Hunter College); PhD, Fordham University

Research Areas: Arts in Education, Educational Media

During the course of her career, Anita Batisti, Ph.D., has served as an administrator, educator and development specialist for New York City Community School Districts, The New York City Department of Education, Fordham University, Pace University, New York University, The United States Department of Education, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and various not-for-profit organizations.

She is an experienced, knowledgeable administrator and fundraiser who understands the complexities and subtleties of the New York City school system, related service providers, and empowered networks. She has raised over $200 million from public and private sources.

Dean Batisti is the founding Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships which serves over 700 schools, 1000 K-12 teachers, 100 administrators, and 60,000 students in New York State.

Dean Batisti oversees three New York State-funded technical assistance centers that focus on national origin, equity, and access. She is also the CEO of the Fordham University Partnership Support Organization (PSO), serving as the leader of only one of two universities in New York City in this exclusive network of service providers.