Ronald S. Rochon, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
Nominee: Robert P. Moses
Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, a native of Chicago’s south side, currently serves as the Dean of the School of Education and Associate Vice President for Teacher Education at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Sciences from Tuskegee University and Master of Science in Reproductive Physiology and a Doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Rochon’s primary areas of interests center on the recruitment, retention, and successful matriculation of culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students. His research and teaching addresses the historical and contemporary perspectives surrounding the politics of race and culture within American society; trends among African Americans with respect to their feelings, attitudes, and perspectives towards ethnic and national identity; and the current educational controversy regarding the role of public schools in examining multiculturalism and addressing ethnic identity.
He works extensively with stakeholders in PK-12 settings and community to develop systemic community building and empowering relationships. Dr. Rochon has secured private, state, and federal grant funding exceeding $5 million to establish educational programming and workshops, long-term scholarships for underserved populations and exchange programs with universities in Ghana and China.