Frederic D. Ross is Professor Emeritus of Education at Linfield College, having retired after 23 years on the faculty as professor and teacher licensing officer. He spent three additional years as Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Thomas Hellie of Linfield, where he acted as liaison to the Board of Trustees from the President's Office and also managed special projects. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from Stanford University, and was a high school German and English teacher and Instruction Vice Principal before joining the Linfield faculty.
Linfield University received its charter from the Oregon Territorial Legislature on January 30, 1858, as the Baptist College of McMinnville. The institution’s heritage lies with the northern Baptists, spiritual descendants of Roger Williams of Rhode Island, for whom freedom of conscience was paramount. The first decades of the institution were …