Chad Ratliff (M.Ed. ’06 Admin & Supv) has been appointed to the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship. Ratliff, who is the Director of Instructional Programs for Albemarle County Public Schools, adds the K-12 perspective to a council that includes university and community college presidents, chief executive officers from private industry, as well as trade organization and higher education officials.
The Council was established by Governor McAuliffe this past August and is co-chaired by Maurice Jones, the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade. It has five priorities: the expansion of student intellectual property rights; the creation of more opportunities for entrepreneurs and students to interact; the introduction of more courses in entrepreneurship; recommendations on how colleges and universities can award academic credit to students who start a business; and the elimination of unnecessary costs for students who start a business in Virginia.
Ratliff is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Piedmont Virginia Community College and has served as organizer or mentor at several StartupWeekend EDU events. In addition to his M.Ed. from Curry, he holds an MBA from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. He resides with his wife, Cay Lee (Coll ’00, Curry ’09), and their two children in Charlottesville. twitter.com/csratliff