Ronald Mason, Jr. – President of the University of the District of Columbia
Developing America’s Workforce Nucleus
Ronald Mason, Jr.
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. With outstanding STEM-related 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.
Prior to his appointment at UDC, Mason served a five-year term as the chief executive officer of the Southern University and A&M College System, and he spent 10 years as president of Jackson State University. Earlier, Mr. Mason developed a successful record of progressive leadership at Tulane University, including senior vice president, general counsel, and vice president for finance and operations. He also served as the founder and executive director of the National Center for the Urban Community at Tulane and Xavier Universities.
A native of New Orleans, President Mason received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University. He also attended the Harvard Institute of Educational Management.