Staci Patterson Rucker (she/her/hers)
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & Diversity
College of Law Building
Law Academic & Student Affairs - 0040
Assistant Dean Rucker is an experienced leader in higher education. She is responsible for the administration of student services and the hands-on management. Whether it is academic planning, academic accommodation requests, leaves of absence, student organizations, the Office of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Diversity strives to be students' first stop for answers and support. Prior to joining the College of Law in 2016, she served as assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Dayton School of Law. In that role, Assistant Dean Rucker was the visionary behind the development of Dayton Law’s learning communities, dean’s fellows and academic advising programs. A summa cum laude graduate of Howard University and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Assistant Dean Rucker began her career as an attorney at law firms in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA. After transitioning to North Carolina, she joined the ranks of academia and administration, serving as interim director of Academic Support at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she also taught an upper-level legal writing course. Later, Assistant Dean Rucker clerked for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr., formerly on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and now on the 4th Circuit, before coming to the Ohio Valley.