Joey Ratcliff

Program Success Manager & Career Coach

Joey’s upbringing in South Mississippi influenced his hospitable nature and ignited his passion for coaching individuals toward achieving their educational goals. With over a decade of experience in higher education administration, he has held various roles at institutions such as Purdue University and the University of Houston, specializing in orientation, admissions, family programs, and international recruitment. In 2019, Joey joined a social impact agency that collaborated with religious, academic, and community organizations to address intersectional racial injustice and inequality issues. His commitment to driving positive change extends to his research and published works, which have been featured at more than 35 regional, national, and international conferences. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

Outside of his professional life, Joey enjoys simple pleasures. In his opinion, nothing is better than cooking a nice homemade meal with his spouse, Elaine, and having their long-haired dachshund, Zayne, close by…hoping for any dropped morsels of food. He also enjoys traveling to new places and going to the local eateries, playing a few sets of tennis, reading historical fiction, and lounging on any beach he can find. Always trying to better himself, Joey is practicing new languages via mobile apps, learning how to keep plants alive for more than a week, and convincing himself he enjoys running

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