The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Meet the Staff


COL Jack W. Rhodes, Ph.D.  Director


Born in Augusta, GA (where James Brown grew up shining shoes in front of WBBQ radio station and then went on to own it), Dr. Rhodes moved to a variety of locales, including Louisville, KY, Antioch, CA, Waverly, TN, Bridge City, TX, Bon Air, VA, Newark, DE, and Martinsville, VA.  He has a passion for literature, especially the poetry and letters of the greatest artist in the history of English literature, John Keats.

The Citadel has been his first and only teaching job, though before that he did a variety of other things to put food on the table, including waiting on tables, giving tennis lessons, cleaning public bathrooms, shoveling manure and doing less pleasant things in the stockyards of Richmond, VA, washing dishes at Howard Johnson’s, bagging groceries and occasionally being entrusted with the cash register at Krogers, stock boy at Rose’s, score-keeper at Church League softball games, janitor, and, to begin it all, picking strawberries at age twelve (harder than you might think, but he did get to eat all he wanted).

Dr. Rhodes will be retiring in June 2018, after a distinguished career at The Citadel as both English department faculty and founder- and remarkable steward- of the Honors Program.

Although he lived on The Citadel campus for twelve years, he now resides in Mt. Pleasant with his brilliant and beautiful wife (the lucky dog), along with their vicious attack animal, Coco.


Deirdre D. Ragan, Ph.D. Incoming Director

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Dr. Ragan joined the Honors Program in August 2014.  She has a number of Citadel alumni in her family and is thrilled to be assisting The Citadel Honors Program 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 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She aspires to apply her previous academic and organizational successes to The Citadel Honors Program. 

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.


Berkeley Martin  Graduate Assistantberkeley

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.

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