Originally from Atlantic City, Ron spent his summers working at a bingo establishment on the boardwalk. An experience he credits with teaching him a lot about business, human nature, and a desire to work in a laboratory. As it often happens, things worked out differently. While picking up a degree in Physics, an M.B.A., and a J.D. degree, Ron found himself immersed in Delaware’s secondary schools while becoming an attorney.
His 42 years in education included 18 years as principal of the state’s largest nonpublic school at that time, St. Mark’s High School. In 1995 the Governor, State Superintendent, and a business consortium consisting of the DuPont Company, Bell Atlantic-Delaware, Delmarva Power, Hercules, Zeneca, and Christiana Care supported an education reform effort intended to change the existing public school system. The purpose of the change was to improve the state’s economy. The change mechanism was charter schools and Ron’s task, among other things, was to head up the pilot program for implementing the reform effort.
The pilot program was the Charter School of Wilmington and its focus was on science and math. That theme was based on the number one interest that parents wanted for their children and, not coincidentally, it was a strong component of all consortium members. The school has been consistently ranked by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top public schools. Ron sees “creating a culture of success” as the most important responsibility of a school’s chief administrator. His simple goal for any school is to “Max Every Child”.
Ron’s participation in education extended beyond secondary school academics. For many years he served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens, he was a Trustee for the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, he served as chairman of the state’s secondary school athletic association, and he was one of the recipients of the University of Delaware’s Lerner “Fabulous 50” MBA Alumni Awards.