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Debbie Ricker begins as provost

FREDERICK, Md.—A lifelong academic and biology professor begins her job today as Hood College’s chief academic officer.

As provost and vice president for academic affairs, Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., will oversee Hood’s 33 undergraduate and 17 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 registrar, the career center, the library, institutional research and assessment, the center for teaching and learning and the center for academic achievement and retention. Hood College enrolls 1,212 undergraduate students and 975 graduate students.

“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful people at Hood College,” said Ricker. “Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive; I can't wait to learn more about my colleagues on the academic affairs team. I am also very excited by the opportunity to work with President Chapdelaine and my colleagues on the senior administrative team, all of whom are passionately dedicated to the success of Hood College and our students.”

Ricker comes to Hood from York College of Pennsylvania where she was dean of academic services. While there, she oversaw academic advising, career development, professional excellence, disability support services, study abroad and global education and community education. York has 172 full-time faculty members and enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students.

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.