A champion for higher education access and student success for underrepresented and low-income students, Dr. Tracey D. Ford joins UNCSA after two years of senior leadership at Tennessee State University (TSU). With more than 20 years of experience in academic and student affairs, she has built a strong foundation for driving strategies and solutions in academic policy, student success, student affairs and enrollment management.
- Mostly recently, Ford was a member of the senior leadership team at Tennessee State University (TSU) since 2017, first as Vice President for Student Affairs and then as Assistant Professor and Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives.
- Served as Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the University of North Carolina System, 2013-2017
- From 2007-13, she served as Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at North Carolina A&T State University, where she successfully rebranded the campus’ academic support areas and operations.
Completed three leadership programs: UNC BRIDGES, LEAD UNC, and the Higher Education Leadership Foundation program as member of the 2015 Alpha Cohort
- As Vice President for Student Affairs, Tracey participated in TSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as creative endeavors that contributed to the university’s academic mission.
- As Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the UNC System from 2013-17, Tracey led systemwide initiatives designed to increase student enrollment, retention and graduation by setting high performance standards in the management of academic and student affairs.
- Previously, Tracey served in two key roles at the University of Georgia (UGA). In 2001, she became Director of the newly created Office of Institutional Diversity, and had oversight of several campus diversity initiatives, including coordinating the strategic planning process for the office, and directing ASPIRE, a pre-collegiate program she co-founded.
Honors, Awards and Recognitions
- First Year Advocate Award Semi-Finalist, 2012
- NAACP National Advisor of the Year, 2007
- UGA SOAR Advisor of the Year, 2007
- Woman of the Year for both the St. Mark AME Church and the Athens Graduate Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, 2005
Ed.D. Higher EducationUniversity of Georgia
M.S. GeneticsHoward University
B.S. BiologyNorfolk State University