September 16, 2013

Ron Wilson: Former University of California Irvine Ombuds

R. Ronald Wilson, who served as the Ombudsman at UCI from 1978 until 1999 and was a national figure in the art of mediation and Ombudsmanship, has passed away.

A statement from UC Irvine says:
From 1978 until his retirement in 2002, Ron addressed and resolved problems and concerns of the UCI community in his role as Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor and University Ombudsman. Born and raised in New York City, Ron lived in Harlem and Washington Heights. He received a BA in English Literature from Bard College, New York; a Certificate of Administration and Analytical Skills from the Center for Public Policy and Administration; and a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Among other awards, he was recipient of the UCI Lauds and Laurels recognition for his outstanding service to the campus, and on a national scale, received the prestigious Stanley V. Anderson Award "For overall contribution to Ombudsmen in publications, leadership, and ethics for the last quarter of the 20th Century." Ron was a frequent presenter and speaker to diverse audiences on many topics, including conflict resolution. [* * *]
He will long be remembered by countless faculty, staff and students who, over the years, had the tremendous good fortune to know him, work with him, and benefit from his boundless wisdom, compassion and good humor.
Wilson is survived by his wife, Carol, a son, Jascha, and two daughters, Shanta and Alina. (UCI Kiosk Profile; Archive Entry.)

1 comment:

  1. Even after retirement, Ron Wilson made it a point to continue to mentor students at UC Irvine. His home was always open to us. He just had a love for students. And we loved him right back. No amount of words can describe how he impacted our lives for the better. There are many socially conscious physicians today who are only physicians because Ron Wilson had a 100% track record for getting us into medical school.