Steven Gross Named Chief Marketing Officer for University of Phoenix

Gross Accepts Role with Pioneering University Serving Adult Learners Online and at Select Locations across the US

After an exhaustive national search, University of Phoenix has named Steven Gross as Chief Marketing Officer. Gross will be responsible for the University’s strategic marketing, advertising and communications activities, including brand development, performance marketing, national and regional advertising, digital and social media, strategic communications and alumni relations, among other responsibilities. Gross joined the University in July as interim CMO.

Steve Gross
Steve Gross

“Steve is an accomplished marketer and business leader with an impressive depth of expertise that will serve this role and the University very well,” said President Peter Cohen. He has been an outstanding addition to our leadership team, and a true service leader who is passionate about our mission to serve the underserved adult learner. We are thrilled he will be continuing his impact in a permanent capacity.”

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Before joining the University, Gross was chief executive officer of Calvert Education, which supports virtual learning worldwide through a digital curriculum experience. Prior to that he was senior vice president of global marketing for Pearson, a global education content, service and resource producer. Before Pearson, Gross worked in advancing marketing leadership roles for LexisNexis and PepsiCo. His MBA in marketing and finance is from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. His bachelor’s is in political science and economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

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In this role, Gross said he will focus on expanding performance marketing efforts, introducing new analytics platforms and dashboards. He also plans to put more emphasis on content marketing to reach core audiences and execute greater earned and owned media strategies to strengthen the University’s position as a thought leader. Gross will oversee agencies supporting the University’s marketing and public relations initiatives, including Edelman and the Omnicom network of firms including OMD, TBWA/Chiat/Day and Rapp.

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