Dr. Ronald Rizzo
Board Vice Chair Director,
Ferris State University Charter Schools Office
Ron was born in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Lakeshore Public Schools in St. Clair Shores. He received his B.M. degree, and his M.A. of Ed. Leadership at Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership with Capella University. Ron spent 20 years in traditional schools directing bands for the Decatur, Springport, and Vicksburg school systems. He served as the Assistant Principal at Hastings Middle School for three years, and as Principal at Big Rapids Middle School for seven years. Ron has held a number of local and state leadership roles as both a band director and school administrator. He served as Associate Director of the Charter Schools Office from June 2002 to 2006. In 2006 to 2007 he was the Interim Director of the Charter Schools Office, and in June 2007 resumed his duties as the Associate Director. He currently is serving as Interim Director of the Ferris State Charter Schools Office in addition to serving on the executive committee of the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers.