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Jim Ricketts '74 Receives Alumni Achievement Award

Published Friday, May 1st, 2015

Jim Ricketts received the Alumni Achievement Award on May 9.

Jim Ricketts

Jim Ricketts, a 1974 graduate of Wayne State, received the Alumni Achievement Award during the undergraduate commencement ceremony May 9 at the college. Ricketts serves as president and chief operations officer of Omaha-based Opportunity Education Foundation (www.opportunityeducation.org).

The foundation serves 1,688 schools in 11 developing countries in Africa and Asia with curriculum, technology, and educational materials along with teacher development.  The Foundation has contributed $60 million of support since 2006 to make quality education accessible to children in the poorest of poor areas so they can improve their standard of living. 

Ricketts joined Opportunity Education as an experienced businessman, securities attorney, arbitrator, and instructor. He previously served as vice president of TD Ameritrade for 20 years with assignments that included acquisition, legal, compliance and brokerage firm management. He serves the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an arbitrator and is a past founding member of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD) e-Brokerage Committee. He serves on Nebraska's Department of Education Council of International Education. He taught business law and real estate law as adjunct professor at Colorado College.  

Ricketts earned his juris doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 1979. He holds Bar Admission in California. Ricketts was ordained a permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of Omaha after a four year theology program. He serves Jesus Christ in various ministries in the Church. Louisiana College honored Ricketts’ service to students and teachers in Africa and Asia as 2013 recipient of the Trustee's Distinguished Service Award.