401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
Education: 1968 Indiana State University, B.S.
1970 Indiana State University, MBA
1975 University of Georgia, Ph.D.
Career Specialties: President Ronald Vaughn has specific expertise in the areas of marketing and business. He gained substantial business experience while owning a multi-office marketing research/consulting company where he served as a business and marketing consultant on several hundred projects for a broad clientele.
Professional and Community Activities: President Ronald L. Vaughn came to the University in August 1984 as the
coordinator of the Department of Marketing and as the holder of the Max
H. Hollingsworth Endowed Chair of American Enterprise. Since then, he
has served as director of the MBA program, dean of the College of
Business and Graduate Studies, and co-chief academic officer. He became
president of the University in January 1995.
Under his leadership, the University has entered a period of growth and expansion unlike any in its previous history. Since 1995, the University’s annual budget has grown from $28 million to $135 million. The record growth has fueled dynamic improvements in both academics and student life. Since 1997, approximately $210 million of construction has been completed or is underway.
President Vaughn began his academic career at Bradley University as a faculty member and chair of the marketing department. Continuing his academic career at UT, he served more than 20 years as a faculty member and in administrative leadership positions prior to becoming president.
President Vaughn has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA degree from Indiana State University, along with a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Georgia. He has attended more than 30 workshops on strategic planning, fund raising, corporate quality, marketing research, multivariate statistics, various university management topics, and international business. At Harvard University, he attended the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) in 1994 and the New President’s Seminar in 1995.
He has served on numerous boards including the Performing Arts Center, the Gulf Ridge Council of Boy Scouts, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Aquarium. Leadership positions have included serving as president of the Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Marketing Association, president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of The Planning Forum, chair of the American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter, president of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, and chair of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.