Dr. Patricia Ramsey

President Patricia Ramsey headshotDr. Patricia Ramsey was appointed by the City University of New York Board of Trustees to serve as the sixth president of Medgar Evers College on March 22, 2021. The first woman and the first scientist to be appointed president of Medgar Evers College, Dr. Ramsey was named to City and State’s 2022 Brooklyn Power 100 and  City and State’s 2021 Brooklyn Power 100. Distinguished as a “National Role Model” by Minority Access, Inc., Dr. Ramsey is a leader and a scholar with a deep commitment to excellence and a passion for making a difference.

After only six weeks at the helm, Dr. Ramsey was invited to speak at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press conference, where the single largest grant in Medgar Evers College’s history was announced. The $20 million commitment was developed by Dr. Ramsey and her team members in response to a call for proposals as part of New York City’s Juneteenth Economic Justice Plan. The award includes full scholarships for freshmen and transfer students and the comprehensive Brooklyn Recovery Corps program, which provides participating students with experiential learning opportunities through paid internships and access to career support while benefiting communities throughout Brooklyn. Inside Higher Ed published an in-depth article on how the funds will positively impact Medgar Evers College students.

A few weeks later, Dr. Ramsey spoke at a press conference held by former New York State Lt. Gov. and current Gov. Kathy Hochul, where she announced a $9.3 million award. The collaborative grant shared among Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn College, and Kingsborough Community College will fund a healthcare career hub in Central and South Brooklyn. As part of New York State’s Workforce Development Initiative, the hub will prepare high school and college students for quality jobs in the healthcare field while meeting the workforce needs of local businesses.

Through her visionary approach to education and commitment to expanding economic, social justice, and health equity, Dr. Ramsey was instrumental in launching MEC’s cannabis education program, the first for the City University of New York. Students may choose from 13 newly developed courses to earn a cannabis degree minor in testing, cultivation, business, or health, which will prepare them for opportunities in this burgeoning industry.

Dr. Ramsey came to Medgar Evers College from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), where she served as senior executive fellow. Before TMCF, she was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. For nearly 12 years, she served in various capacities at Bowie State University, a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland and the oldest HBCU in Maryland. At Bowie State, she was a tenured full professor and served as provost, interim president, and chair of the department of natural sciences. Dr. Ramsey was a thought leader behind the 149,000 square foot Center for Natural Sciences Mathematics and Nursing building. Designed and built with sustainability in mind, the $102 million project won a LEED Platinum certification. She has held other higher-education administrative positions, including vice president for academic affairs at Shaw University and associate vice president for development at Norfolk State University.

Globally, Dr. Ramsey was one of four provosts in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) delegation to Liberia, where she served in an education advisory capacity to the country’s leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In Nigeria, Dr. Ramsey was critical to the success of a biotechnology training partnership between Godfrey Okoye University (GOU) in Enugu and Bowie State University.

A biologist by training, Dr. Ramsey has a research interest in the biological activity of plants used in folklore, has collected 110 species of agave in the Sonoran Desert, and has traveled a 450-mile span of highway collecting Sapium sebiferum (popcorn tree) leaves in the southeastern United States. Dr. Ramsey earned a Master of Science in Botany from Howard University, a Master of Arts in Biology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Georgetown University. Dr. Ramsey received her undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education. She completed executive leadership programs in AASCU’s Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI), Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM), and the CIVIC Leadership Institute.

Dr. Ramsey is married to Dr. Roscoe Ramsey, Jr., a physician, and an ordained minister.