Deborah Ricker

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hood College

Deborah Ricker

Deborah Ricker

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hood College


Debbie Ricker, a lifelong academic and biology professor, became Hood's vice president of academic affairs and provost on July 1, 2016.

A native of Mars Hill, N.C., Ricker is coming to Hood from York College of Pennsylvania where she is currently the dean of academic services. In that capacity, 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.

Ricker began her administrative experience at York in 1996 as a coordinator of the secondary education program in biology. She has served in that capacity until 2002 when she became chair of the department of biological sciences, leading more than 300 students, 15 faculty members and two staff members. In 2008, she took the role of associate dean of academic affairs where she stayed until she accepted her current role in 2010.

She helped lead the design and deployment of York’s new general education program called “Generation Next.” The curriculum is focused on closer coordination of courses, vertical integration of core competencies within each major and systematic, ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes endorsed by the campus community. The curriculum includes a cohesive first-year seminar, foundational courses, disciplinary perspectives and constellation components, as well as co-curricular learning opportunities, many of which are administered through the division of academic services.

Along with her administrative positions, Ricker was an assistant professor from 1995 to 2000. She was promoted with tenure to associate professor in 2000, and she has been a professor of biological science since 2010.

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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Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hood College
MS in Biological Science

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an accredited American university located in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities, the nation's sixth largest system of public education, and is the fourth largest university in the state. ETSU has off-campus centers in nearby Kingsport and Elizabethton, Tennessee.

PhD in Reproductive Biology

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Institute for Educational Management Program

The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University, and is one of the top schools of education in the United States. It was founded in 1920, the same year it invented the Ed.D. degree. It offers two doctoral programs—the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and the Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.)—and thirteen masters programs. These include Arts in Education, Education Policy and Management, Higher Education, International Education Policy, Special Studies, Technology Innovation and Education, Teacher Education, Mind, Brain and Education, Prevention Science and Practice, School Leadership, Human Development and Psychology, Language and Literacy, and Learning and Teaching. HGSE will supplant the Ed.D. with the Ph.D. degree beginning in fall 2014.

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Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Hood College is a co-educational liberal arts college serving 2,422 students, 1,434 of whom are undergraduates. Located in Frederick, Maryland, the school lies 50 miles west of Baltimore and northwest of Washington, DC. Established in 1893 by the Potomac Synod of the Reformed Church of the United States as the Woman's College of Frederick, the school was officially chartered in 1897 "with the purpose and object of creating and maintaining a college for the promotion and advancement of women, and the cultivation and diffusion of Literature, Science and Art." The college's founding was the result of the Potomac Synod's decision to transition the coeducational Mercersburg College into the all-male Mercersburg Academy and establish a women's college south of the Mason-Dixon line. In 1913, the institution was renamed Hood College by its Board of Trustees to honor its largest benefactor, Margaret Scholl Hood, whose land donation allowed the school to move from rented facilities in downtown Frederick to its own campus in the northwest region of the City. An all-female institution until 1971, male students were initially granted only commuter status. This continued until 2003, when male students were extended the option of residential status. The influx of new students has led to major changes at the school, including extensive dormitory renovations and the construction of a new athletic building and a new tennis and aquatic center.

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