Brigadier General Joe Ramirez is the senior student affairs officer for Texas A&M University, providing vision and leadership to the Division of Student Affairs. Through this governance, the Division's departments, programs and services work to provide student support and promote a culture of inclusivity, learning, and success.
Brigadier General Joe Ramirez is a native of Houston, Texas and is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Texas Aggie Band in the Corps of Cadets. He received his commission in the United States Army Field Artillery from Texas A&M in 1979 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
During his 31 years of military service, General Ramirez commanded soldiers around the world and served in leadership positions in various joint and operational commands in both peace and in war. He was the Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Central Command during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and was the Deputy Division Commander for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. His final military assignment was Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy for US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He most recently served as the 45th Commandant of Cadets at Texas A&M from 2010 – 2021.
General Ramirez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Texas A&M (1979); a Masters Degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri (1993); and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2000).
His numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Parachutists Badge.