FRANKFORT, Ky. – Athletics Director Derita Ratcliffe will say farewell to Kentucky State University at the end of September as she leaves for a new post at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Calling the opportunity one she could not turn down, Ratcliffe accepted the position of senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at UAB. She will begin work October 1.
She came to KSU as athletics director in January 2005. Previously she was an associate athletics director at Eastern Kentucky University. She also did a five-year stint at Virginia Tech, where she ultimately served as assistant athletics director of student life.
President Mary Evans Sias said, “Though I hate to see her leave, I know she will do well at UAB. I have watched the athletics program at KSU grow as I have watched Ms. Ratcliffe grow as an administrator. The University of Alabama Birmingham’s gain will certainly be KSU’s loss.
“She has recruited coaches who have had success in both women’s and men’s sports. She spearheaded our return this year to the Gateway Football Classic in St. Louis, where KSU will play Stillman College on September 27,” Sias continued. “Ms. Ratcliffe has been the epitome of a truly dedicated and tireless employee who loves athletics, but who loves students even more. She will be missed by colleagues and administrators alike.”
“I have enjoyed my time at KSU. I thought it would be a little bit longer, however,” Ratcliffe said referring to her tenure at the university. “I love the students. It’s been an invaluable experience.”