Virginia Union University President & CEO Dr. Hakim J. Lucas has announced the appointment of Dr. Ted Ritter to serve as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, effective July 2019. During his eight years as a faculty member at VUU, Ritter has chaired the Department of History and Political Science; the Department of Languages and Literature; and the Department of Fine Arts. He also has assisted in drafting proposals for new academic programs including stand-alone majors in Political Science and History as well as a Masters in Political Science.
“Dr. Ritter is committed to the success of our students and VUU,” Lucas said. “His forward-thinking strategies will continue to help expand our academic programs and provide the rigor and career preparation that our students need and deserve.”
Ritter is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Political Science. His career began as a prosecutor in Oklahoma where he participated in over 100 jury trials with a conviction rate over 95%. He also served five years as the Executive Coordinator of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council. Ritter says has used that experience “to help create a Pre-Law program at VUU and hopes to see the program grow.” Prior to working at VUU, Ritter was a faculty member at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and the University of Richmond.
“As the largest of the academic schools, Arts and Sciences can be the nucleus for new programs and expanded opportunities,” Ritter said. “I look forward to working with our outstanding faculty in revising and updating our curriculum, increasing the application and receipt of additional grant funds, enhancing programs to foster greater retention, and increasing graduation rates.”
Ritter is a proud husband and father of two children. He and his wife, Cindy, a licensed nursing home administrator, live in Moseley, Virginia.