Born in Chicago, IL, Doris Cross joined the Millersville community in 1982 where she was an assistant professor and the director of the upward bound program for twenty years. She was the first Chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, established in 1988 at Millersville. After leaving Millersville in 2007, Dr. Cross began her business Organizational Change and Development Company (OCDC) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Cross also served as a guest editor for the Lancaster newspaper and has traveled presenting topics in diversity. Dr. Cross published three books posthumously; Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution and Approaches to Managing Organizational Diversity and Innovation.