William Gross was inducted as an honorary member of the University of North Carolina Charlotte Delta Omega Beta Phi chapter.
Gross joined the Gaston County, North Carolina Health Department as allied health services administrator in 1988 and became special projects manager in 2007. He earned his MPH from UC Berkeley and a bachelor of science in education from SUNY College at Cortland. Gross was a scholar of the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute from 1999-2000 and a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Charlotte Region, from 2002-2003.
He previously worked in community health planning with the Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, at the National Center for Health Education, and for Cable Health/Lifetime. His extensive community service includes board service for the YMCA Central Branch of Gastonia, NC, the Gastonia chapter of the American Red Cross, the Gastonia Alliance for Children and Youth, the Charlotte Regional HIV/AIDS consortium, and the Gaston County School Health Advisory Council, among other organizations.
Gross was a founding member of the UNC Charlotte Public Health Advisory Board, helping set the vision for the program’s eventual growth into a school of public health. He has precepted MSPH and BSPH student internships; served on MSPH capstone (thesis/project) committees; hired graduates; and now serves as an adjunct faculty teaching graduate community health courses. Gross has been a staunch advocate for integrating practical training and experiences into the UNC Charlotte public health curricula and ensuring the program’s graduates bring the culture of evidence-based practice to the field.