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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Profile Photo: Gail Ritchey


Phone: 903.233.3842

  • Assistant to the Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

As a traditional student, I came to LETU in 1976 after some persuasion from my then boyfriend and aviation student, Fred Ritchey, whom I married in 1978.  At that time, I put my education on hold until 1996 and in 2001, I graduated with my Business Administration degree in the non- traditional, GAPS, program for working adults.  I have worked on campus for a number of years and in various places. Fred has been the Dean of the School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science for 30+ years, and we have two children who also graduated from LETU.  We are a family that loves LETU!

I feel fortunate to have had the experience of being a traditional/non-traditional student and a parent. As a traditional student studying for Missions/Speech Communications, I was introduced to a global view and then studying for my BBA gave me the knowledge of how to succeed in the business environment. As an alumna, I cherish the college relationships that I have built over the years and enjoy reconnecting, meeting and reminiscing with alumni, and building new relationships with alumni and parents.  As a former parent, I can relate to the parent/student processes while answering their questions and giving encouragement. It is a joy to connect with students and their families and to keep both alumni and parents coming back to see what God is doing at LETU.