Sam Ratcliffe, Emeritus CAS Director, Selected as NACE President-Elect

Sam Ratcliffe, emeritus CAS Director from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), has been selected as NACE President-Elect. He served as the Director to CAS representing NACE from 2004 until Sept. 2013. In his professional role, Ratcliffe is the Director of Career Services at Virginia Military Institute, a position that he has held since 1991.

“I am delighted that Sam Ratcliffe will be serving as the president of NACE. He is an outstanding leader, and CAS has benefited greatly from Sam's perspective and wisdom,” explained CAS President Laura Dean. “Sam has been instrumental in making sure that CAS and NACE materials remain aligned so that they work together to support good practice in the field. The expertise, dedication, and vision that we have seen from him in CAS will allow him to be an outstanding leader for NACE. CAS extends our congratulations and very best wishes to Sam as he steps into this important role.”

In addition to numerous leadership positions and committee service within NACE, Ratcliffe has been active in regional association work. He previously served terms as President of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers and the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers. Ratcliffe has earned degrees from Virginia Military Institute, James Madison University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

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