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Division of Student Affairs
585 Cobb Ave. NW, #0106
Kennesaw Hall, 4th Floor
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Phone: 470-578-6310
Fax: 470-578-9113
To request appointments or obtain information from the Vice President's Office, please contact:

Brenda Arthur, Assistant to the Vice President
Meet the Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Jerome Ratchford is Vice President for Student Affairs at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Prior to this position, Dr. Ratchford was Interim Dean of Student Success and Director of Student Development. Dr. Ratchford has also held academic and administrative positions at Talladega College, Emory University and Lincoln University (Missouri). Academically, Dr. Ratchford taught graduate-level educational leadership and curriculum development courses to aspiring principals and career teachers, and a graduate level course on how to work effectively with students who are culturally different to college student personnel professionals. Dr. Ratchford has had administrative oversight or provided leadership to a number of units to include: Graduate Educational Programs, Department of Education, Lincoln University; Equal Opportunity Program, Emory University; Grants and Contracts, Title III Program, Talladega College; Career Counseling and Placement Services, Student Activities and the Thirteen College Curriculum Program at Talladega College; and Counseling Supervision at Atterbury Job Corps Center. He is an accomplished grants writer having written and received a grant for over $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Title III Program at Talladega College, Talladega Alabama. Dr. Ratchford received a B.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky in History and Political Science, a M.S. in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Bowling Green State University (OH).

Dr. Ratchford has served on innumerable academic and task-oriented committees while at Kennesaw State University. Some notable involvements include: Study Team Member, AASCU Hispanic Student Success Study; Task Force on the Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College; Task Force for a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Concentration in Student Services; Coordinating Committee, SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP); Chancellor’s Task Force on Pre-College Programs for Youth in At-Risk Situations (PREP); and a member of the Steering Committee for the NCAA Division I Self-Study Certification.

Dr. Ratchford has frequently been asked to serve as a presenter, keynote speaker, panelist, workshop facilitator and researcher. More recently, under former president Betty L. Siegel’s “Dialogue on Diversity Series,” Dr. Ratchford developed a report on the status and goal of diversity at Kennesaw State University as discerned by diverse, homogenous groups of students. Additionally, he was a co-presenter at the national People of Color Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska; keynote speaker, African American Student Alliance (AASA) 10th Year Anniversary; graduation speaker, Marietta High School Summer Graduation; and keynote speaker, WINGS Ceremony, Adult Learner Programs. Dr. Ratchford’s credentials are listed in the National Directory of Secondary School Administrators 14th Edition and his dissertation “A Study of Differences in Role Expectations for Minority Administrators at Predominately White Institutions (1979)” is listed in Abstracts of Thesis and Dissertations, 24, 39.

The Dr. Jerome Ratchford Award of Excellence was established by the Executive Board of the African American Student Alliance (AASA) and its membership approximately thirteen years ago. Dr. Ratchford, the founder of AASA, was recognized for his leadership and service in promoting pluralism and an Afrocentric presence on Kennesaw State University’s campus.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Ratchford was instrumental in bringing Greek-letter and other premier organizations on campus; obtaining line-item status (a budget) and office space for AASA; diversifying the student representation on the university’s student activities fee allocation committee (SABAC); fostering the Black Alumni Society and the Human Relations Council; founding the Cultural Awareness and Resource Center (CARC); obtaining stipends for AASA executives; removing obstacles that generally stymied the qualify of life for Black faculty, staff and students on KSU’s campus; and, in helping expand the growth in Black enrollment from 231 students in 1987 to 1,772 in 2002 (667% growth), etc. The Dr. Jerome Ratchford Award of Excellence is bestowed on a faculty, staff or student honoree who has exhibited behaviors at KSU that equate with the legacy briefly described above.

Dr Ratchford received Kennesaw State University’s Administrative Service Award in recognition of administrators who go “above and beyond the call of duty, providing invaluable service to the campus community; ” the prestigious Betty L. Siegel Award, named in honor of the nationally recognized former President, Betty L. Siegel. This award “seeks to recognize an individual who exemplifies outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership and service to the Kennesaw State University community.” He has also received a number of other awards which include but are not limited to the following: Administrator of the Year, CEEP/Cobb NAACP; Education Award, Cobb NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet; Certificate of Honor for Meritorious Service, Golden Key International Honour Society’s Regional Conference; Ford Fellowship for Black Administrative Officers; and, Graduate Fellowship, Department of Educational Administration and Supervision, Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Ratchford holds the following lifetime certificates as issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Teaching (Social Studies, 7-12); School Psychological Examiner (K-12); Secondary Principal; and Superintendent. His memberships include Georgia College Personnel Association, American College Personnel Association, International Mentoring Association, National Association of School Personnel Administrators, and the NAACP.


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