Dr. Rhonda Tracy was born in Sumter, South Carolina and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in education from the University of South Carolina. She later entered West Virginia University and completed a master of education degree. After teaching four years, she entered a doctoral program at Ohio University and graduated with a Ph.D. in reading education with a concentration in educational administration.
She has authored more than 30 professional publications on issues related to education, literacy and technology and has served as lead investigator and/or grant writer for more than 20 grants. She served as chair of the Kentucky Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) academic deans. She chaired the West Virginia Community and Technical College System-wide Developmental Assessment Task Force and served on the WV statewide community college strategic planning committee.
Dr. Tracy received the Outstanding Program award from the Kentucky Commission on Women for her program “The Starting Gate: A Guide for Developing Leadership Skills” and received the Commission’s Regional Coordinator Performance Award. She also received the Outstanding Paper Award (with Dr. Bob Westbrook) from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for using predictive analytics to increase student retention.
Dr. Tracy was appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky to the Kentucky Commission on Women and was selected as a Kentucky Colonel. She also served as a board member of the Lexington, KY based International Book Project which provides thousands of books to third world countries. She has been a Rotarian in South Carolina, Arkansas and West Virginia. She also served on the Board of the Volunteer Action Center.
She is married to Clayton Tracy and is the mother of four daughters, Shea, Erin, Hiatt and Ivie. Her hobbies include collecting vintage books, bicycling and baking.