Ronald Wilson Ph.D.


Ron Wilson

Ronald Wilson, a retired judge and former adjunct professor of African American Studies at the University of Arizona, has joined Edinboro University as Director of Social Equity, Chief Diversity Officer, Open Records Officer and Title IX Coordinator. Wilson began brings years of experience as an advocate, jurist, public speaker and community leader to his new role as a vital member of President Julie E. Wollman’s leadership team.

Wilson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University. In 1996, he received the Otto Snowden Community Fellowship from the Urban Law and Public Policy Institute.

He served as Chief Presiding Judge of the South Tucson Municipal Court in Tucson, Ariz., from 2002 to 2014. Prior to his term on the bench, he acted as Special Staff Assistant and Crime Prevention Specialist to Pima County Attorney, Barbara LaWall. He is a past National Chairman of the American Bar Association Mental Health Courts Committee.

Wilson has been the recipient of 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. In 2006 he was named the Tucson Business Edge 40 under 40 Man of the Year. He also has received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

The Office of Social Equity at Edinboro University has two major areas of responsibility: campus diversity and social equity. These major areas support the University’s mission, vision and values by promoting equality and fairness for students, faculty and staff. The office’s director is the chief diversity officer for the University and provides leadership on institution-wide diversity efforts. The director chairs the President’s University Diversity Council that advises, supports, and makes recommendations to the President on issues involving campus diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism.