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