Published on July 24, 2023 by Frank Ruggiero  
carol ratcliffe 60for60

Carol Ratcliffe, professor and chair of Samford University’s Department of Healthcare Administration and Analytics, was selected as a 60 for 60 honoree in recognition of the 60th year of integration at the University of Alabama.

The honor was presented earlier this summer by the University of Alabama’s Black Alumni Association, celebrating the achievements and contributions of 60 Black alumni. Ratcliffe is a 1986 graduate of the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She has received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame in 2011 and reappointment to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The SHCC is responsible for reviewing, revising and preparing the State Health Plan, which is used to develop and operate Alabama’s health systems.

“The School of Public Health congratulates Dr. Ratcliffe on this remarkable achievement,” said Melissa Lumpkin, interim dean of Samford’s School of Public Health, which houses the Department of Healthcare Administration and Informatics. “This is a high honor, and we’re forever grateful for her service.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.