Teresa Raetz

Dr. Teresa Raetz

Director of Policy Analysis

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Teresa Raetz, Ph.D., went to college in the late 1980s and never left, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University, her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and working in higher education for 22 years. She is currently serving as the director of policy analysis, where she is responsible for synthesizing and reporting on local, state and national policy discussions that have implications for GGC policy, procedures and actions; collaborating with colleagues on identifying peer and aspirational institutions for benchmarking and comparison; and assisting in the initial planning of institution-wide initiatives. 

Prior to her current role, she gained experience in a variety of student affairs functional areas, including serving as director of student affairs for extended campuses at the University of Georgia, where she also volunteered as an academic honesty facilitator. She has worked with students from the pre-college to doctoral levels while working in university housing, admissions and student activities. She has also acted as a student affairs consultant and served in leadership capacities in the Oklahoma College Student Personnel Association, Georgia College Personnel Association and ACPA: College Educators International. Her professional and academic interests include non-traditional students, leadership development, stress and coping, mindfulness and cognitive development.


  • Doctorate – student affairs administration – University of Georgia
  • Master's – school counseling – Oklahoma State University
  • Bachelor's – secondary English education – Oklahoma State University

Academic Interests

  • Non-traditional students
  • Leadership development
  • Stress and coping
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive development


  • ACPA: College Student Affairs Administrators International: Lehker Outstanding Service to the Profession award
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Georgia College Personnel Association, Outstanding Doctoral Student award
  • R. B. Winston, Jr. Outstanding Doctoral Student award