Ron has more than 15 years of experience working in higher education strategic communications, with a rich history of storytelling and content management for multiple colleges and universities. An expert interviewer and award-winning writer, he has worked with hundreds of administrators, professors and students over his career and has a deep insight into what resonates with each audience. A first-generation college student, Ron has a great appreciation for the value of a college education and the opportunities it provides for students from all backgrounds.
Ron started his career as a journalist and spent seven years as the sports editor at the Hendersonville (N.C.) Times-News, during which time he and his team were honored with more than a dozen North Carolina Press Association awards. He also has professional experience as a podcaster, live radio broadcaster and social media specialist. Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Furman University, which he was able to attend with the help of a baseball scholarship. While a Paladin, Ron was part of the 1991 Southern Conference championship team that competed in the NCAA tournament. He also has a Certification in Digital Marketing and Public Relations from Western Carolina University.
A lifetime sports fan, Ron roots most enthusiastically for the Atlanta Braves and Virginia Cavaliers and was present for Virginia’s Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship game wins in 2019. He and his wife, Susan, are Hendersonville natives who currently live in Asheville, North Carolina, with their two daughters, where every day they are thankful to be able to hike, bike and otherwise be outside in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.EMAIL RON