Ronald Mason, Jr., J.D.
Full Name
Ronald Mason, Jr., J.D.
Job Title
University of the District of Columbia
Speaker Top 5 Strengths
Connectedness® | Strategic® | Relator® | Learner® | Achiever®
Speaker Bio
Ronald Mason, Jr., J.D. is the ninth president of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), the only public university in the nation's capital and the only exclusively urban land-grant institution in the United States. This is his third presidential appointment. Having begun at UDC in 2015, Mason is the university's longest-serving president.

With outstanding programs in green technology, engineering, computer science, homeland security and speech pathology, Mason leads an emerging institution committed to providing affordable, quality and innovative learning opportunities that prepare students for the practical demands of the workplace. As the entire "system" of higher education for the District, UDC offers workforce development, an open admissions community college, and flagship programs from bachelor to Ph.D. and J.D. degrees.

Under his leadership, the university began a multi-million-dollar capital renovation and expansion program; spending on research has almost tripled; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs (CDIMA) was created; two new Ph.D. programs were initiated and launched (Urban Leadership & Entrepreneurship and Engineering & Computer Science); the institution secured the most significant private gift in its history—$2.3 million for need-based scholarships.