Alumnus Named Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Posted on August 1, 2023 by Med School Watercooler
Laventrice Ridgeway, Ed.D., is passionate about helping students succeed in their educational and career paths.
“There's no greater feeling than watching a student grow into their own and walk across the stage for graduation with the confidence that they can achieve any goal set and overcome any obstacle present,” said Ridgeway, who recently joined the Whiddon College of Medicine as assistant dean of student affairs.
In his new role, Ridgeway is working to develop and implement a career advising program for medical students to support their strategic goal setting and progression toward their personal and career objectives. He advises and supports fourth-year medical students to prepare for the match process with residency interview readiness, residency application completion and strategic planning. He is also collaborating with the Office of Faculty and Professional Development to develop and implement an Academic Coaching for Success program.
“My career has centered on supporting students with skill development, resource connection, and mentorship,” Ridgeway said. “So, for me, this was an opportunity to continue sharpening my skills.”
Most recently, Ridgeway was assistant dean of students and director of the Office of Accessibility Services at Florida State University. He previously served as coordinator of student disability services before being named the director of the Center of Educational Accessibility and Disability Resources at the University of South Alabama.
“This was an opportunity to return home and work for the university I cherish deeply, supporting students to create connections to South, just as I did,” he said.
Ridgeway holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from the University of South Alabama. He also received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from USA.
Among his achievements, Ridgeway was named to Mobile Bay’s 2018 class of 40 Under 40, which recognizes young individuals who demonstrate leadership, professional excellence and a commitment to the Mobile community. He received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region III Rising Star Award and the Alabama Counseling Association Chapter VIII Outstanding Member Award, both in 2018.
This article originally appeared in the Whiddon College of Medicine Med School Watercooler news blog.