New Chief Academic Officer Selected

Debbie Ricker, a lifelong academic and biology professor, has been selected to be Hood College’s chief academic officer beginning July 1.

As provost and vice president for academic affairs, Ricker, Ph.D., will oversee Hood’s 33 undergraduate and 14 master’s degree programs as well as the College’s 120 regular and 130 adjunct faculty members. She will also oversee academic departments and offices, including the graduate school, registrar, career center, study abroad, library, institutional research and center for academic achievement and retention. Hood College enrolls 1,212 undergraduate students and 975 graduate students.

Ricker is currently dean of academic services at York College of Pennsylvania. She oversees academic advising, career development, professional excellence, disability support services, study abroad and global education and community education. She serves as an advocate for more than 200 faculty advisers and supervises 20 staff members. She served in several administrative capacities at York beginning in 1996, and she began her current role in 2010. York has 172 full-time faculty members and enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Ricker to the Hood community,” said Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine. “Her excellent credentials, enthusiasm for our academic mission and passion for students will serve Hood well as we build our next strategic plan to further strengthen our academic offerings, student academic achievement and support for our faculty as teacher-scholars.”

Ricker succeeds Edgar Schick, who served as Hood’s interim provost from August 2014 to February 2016. Schick came to Hood after Kate Conway-Turner was appointed president at the State University of New York-Buffalo State in July 2014.

“I knew that Hood College was a special place from the first moment I stepped on campus,” Ricker said. “I am truly honored to have been chosen to serve as the provost and vice president for academic affairs, and I look forward to working in close partnership with President Chapdelaine, the faculty, staff and students to advance the academic mission of the institution.

“Hood College has earned an outstanding reputation among its peers for the caliber of its academic programs, the significance of its traditions, its responsiveness to change in an ever-evolving world and, above all, its commitment to transforming lives,” she said. “I am very proud to join the Hood family and look forward to developing new campus and community partnerships in the months ahead.”

A native of Mars Hill, N.C., Ricker earned her doctorate in reproductive biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She earned her master’s degree in biological science from East Tennessee State University and her bachelor’s degree in biological science from Mars Hill University in North Carolina. She also completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management program.

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