November 1, 2018
Dear colleagues and students,
// I am pleased to announce the hiring of Ronald A. Wilson as the University of Arizona’s new Title IX director. As our chief Title IX officer, Ron will lead the University in determining what resources, policies and procedures are needed to make our Title IX program a national model. Ron joined the university earlier this week, reporting directly to me.
This hire underscores the priority I place on cultivating a campus environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
In his oversight of the Title IX program, Ron first will assess our current program policies and processes and the level of support dedicated to Title IX investigations. He will develop comprehensive programs and implement training that supports a safe and respectful learning and working environment.
Ron is uniquely qualified for this role with a breadth and depth of experience that I have rarely encountered. Ron has served as a chief diversity officer, equal opportunity administrator and investigator, agency open record officer, Title IX coordinator for gender equity in sports and as a Title IX investigator at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.
He has roots in Arizona and made state history in 2002 when he became the first African American chief magistrate as chief presiding judge for the city of South Tucson. At the same time, he was an adjunct faculty member for the University of Arizona Africana Studies Department and later became a faculty member for the Judicial College of Arizona at the Arizona Supreme Court in Phoenix. In 2014, Ron was vice president of the Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce.
He earned his law degree from Northeastern University after attaining a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. Following law school, he was a John D. O’Bryant Community Fellow at Northeastern University’s Otto P. Snowden Urban Law and Public Policy Institute.
Ron has earned numerous honors, including the NAACP Rosa Parks Living History Makers Award, League of United Latin American Citizens’ Community Service Award and the Asa Philip Randolph Institute’s Ida B. Wells Social Justice Award.
I look forward to working with Ron as he engages the entire campus community in further improving the environment at the University of Arizona. Please give him a warm welcome to the UA community.
Robert C. Robbins
The University of Arizona