Meet the Staff
Deirdre D. Ragan, Ph.D. Director
Dr. Ragan joined the Honors Program in August 2014. She has a number of Citadel alumni in her family and is thrilled to lead The Citadel Honors Program. She has a passion for education and for people and loves to assist cadets in their endeavors!
Dr. Ragan attended high school in Los Alamos, NM, spending college summers working at Los Alamos National Lab. She received degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Rice University (B.S.) and the University of California at Santa Barbara (M.S. and PhD). Along the way, she also received a Fulbright Fellowship for conducting solid-state physics research in Sweden. Deirdre holds 5 patents for ideas conceived and developed at PPG Industries, a Fortune 500 company specializing in glass and coatings. She has worked with the Honors program since 2014 and teaches materials science-related classes in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Deirdre grew up in various places across the United States (CA, NM, TX, SC, NC, and PA), but she considers both the mountains of northern New Mexico and the beaches of Charleston home. She lives with her husband and children in the Charleston area.
Sarah Raup Assistant
Sarah joined the Honors Program in the fall of 2018. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. She spent several years working on various public health issues in the government and academic sectors before taking time off to spend with her family. She is excited to be part of the Citadel Honors Program and to help cadets in any way she can as they discover and forge exciting paths for themselves at the Citadel and beyond.
She is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and spent many years in Seattle, WA before settling in Charleston nearly a decade ago with her husband and three children.
Berkeley Martin Graduate Assistant
Berkeley joined the Honors Program in the Fall of 2017. She is currently completing an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology at The Citadel Graduate College. After graduating, she hopes to work as a School Psychologist in the public school system.
Berkeley completed a B.S. in Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
She is thrilled to be in Charleston and at The Citadel Graduate College. She looks forward to getting to know the cadets in The Citadel Honors Program and helping them reach their goals at The Citadel.