Donna Y. Ford

Donna Y. Ford ​​is a three-time alumna with a bachelor’s degree in communication and Spanish in 1984, a master of education in counseling in 1988 and a Ph.D. in urban education/educational psychology in 1991.

This summer, she was part of a “dream team” recruited to The Ohio State University as a Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology. She previously was an OSU faculty member from 1997 to 2004. For the past 15 years, she has been a professor of education and human development and more recently, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University.  ​

​One of the nation’s top scholars, Dr. Ford’s research focuses on gifted and multicultural/urban education.