Dr. Jerome Ratchford

Dr. Jerome Ratchford started his career at KSU as the Coordinator of Minority and International Student Retention Services in 1988. Less than a year later, he became the Director of the Department of Student Development. After 15 years as Director, he became the Dean of Students and subsequently, the Vice President for Student Success. Throughout his work at KSU, Dr. Ratchford advocated for students and developed KSU into a place where students from all backgrounds, especially those who identify as international and minority students, can succeed in and out of the classroom.

To learn more about Dr. Ratchford's personal history, advocacy, and thoughts on diversity, view his videos:


Coal Miners, Southeastern Kentucky


Segregated Education


You Can Learn Something from Anyone


Education and Proving the Systems Wrong


Living in the South


Coming to KSU in 1988


My Impact at KSU


Keeping Our Future Focused


Get Involved


Closing Message to KSU

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