Dr. Rams ("Rick") currently serves as the Dean of Physical Education/Athletics and Dean of Student Support Services at Cypress College.
Upon completion of his B.A. in Political Science from UC Riverside, Rick temporarily relocated to Lawrence, Kansas to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Kansas. Rick earned his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership in the Ed.D. program at the University of California, Irvine.
While working at the University of Kansas (2000-2003), Rick had the opportunity to work as an Assistant Director of Financial Aid with the duties of athletics compliance as a liaison with the KU Athletic Department. While at the University of Kansas, Rick developed expertise of athletics and student support programs. As part of his love for community and sports, Rick coached a 13/14 year-old Lawrence youth baseball team to the 2001 Douglas County Houk-Ice League Championship and a 14-U travel youth baseball team to the USSSA Kansas State quarterfinals in 2002 while completing his Master’s degree.
After moving back to California in 2003, Rick transitioned to Golden West College as Financial Aid Director. During 2004-2005, Rick served as the elected Vice-President of the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators (CCCSFAAA). In this role, he was responsible for serving as the Chair of the CCCSFAAA Federal Issues committee. For his contributions to CCCSFAAA and the Financial Aid profession, Rick received the President's Special Recognition Award from the CCCSFAAA President in December 2005 at the 36th Annual Conference in Sacramento, California. In 2006, he was hired as Dean of Student Support Services at Cypress College.
In 2009, Rick's doctoral dissertation explored how African American EOPS students (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services) experience California Community College. His study was the first study ever conducted in a California community college student support program to explore that factors as to why African American students succeed rather than fail. As a graduate student, Rick was disturbed by the media and numerous scholarly reports documenting "failure" of African-American students. As a scholar-practicioner, Rick felt that it was his calling to explain and develop a model to help other educators support student success, particularly among African American males who are becoming less and less visible on campuses in California's higher education system. Rick continues to draft and refine a manuscript for publication based on his experiences mentoring African American students and the results of his research.
Rick embraces his role as both faculty and administrator, claiming to have an edge in understanding the unique learning and support needs of students by interacting with them in classroom and helping them plan/finance their postsecondary careers.
In April 2007, Rick was named by OC Metro Magazine as one of the "Top 40 under 40" entrepreneurs and young executives in Orange County for reaching and excelling at the executive level in higher education.