John Ramirez: an admirable Latino and exceptional leader.


John Ramirez MBA, MS/AJS-GHS, USA CSM is a retired US Army Command Sergeant Major with over 27 years of military service. During his distinguished 27-year military career, Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Ramirez held numerous leadership positions. In 2004, John was selected as one of the "Top Hispanic Leaders" in the Army. He is a graduate from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and recipient of the Sergeant Major of the Army William Bainbridge Ethics Award.

John has been a member of the University of Phoenix for over 10 years. He is currently the Dean of Operations for the School of Advanced Studies. He is a life-long learner and has a passion for education. John earned his Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science and Administration of Justice and Security with a concentration in Global and Homeland Security.

John is a member of numerous groups including the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Council of Colleges and Military Educators (CCME), American Legion, Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC), and the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). He is the ALPFA's 2016 Veteran of the Year.

Can you tell us about your background?

I was born and raised in the housing projects and Latino neighborhoods of Phoenix, Arizona. After my first semester in college and as soon as I turned 17,1 made the decision to enlist in the Army. My decision to serve was a desire to follow in the footsteps of the proud Latino men in my family and my community who had served in the military. I felt compelled to follow their example.

I proudly served my country for over 27 years. I served in a number of positions from team leader to Brigade Command Sergeant Major and assigned to locations across the globe. I was able to obtain the highest enlisted rank and had the privilege to lead, influence, and support thousands of soldiers and their families.

In November 2004, I retired and began my employment with University of Phoenix. I have held numerous positions, from Senior Operations Manager to Vice President of External Military Relations. I am currently the Dean of Operations for the School of Advanced Studies and am responsible for the daily operations of our Doctoral programs.

I have been married to my wife, Sonya, for almost 39 years and together we are actively involved in a number of...

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