Dr. Ronald A. Milon

Dr. Ronald A. Milon serves as a Leadership Fellow for the SUNY SAIL Institute. Ron is the Chief Diversity Officer at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a member of the President’s Cabinet. In this position, Dr. Milon provides leadership and vision for diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the campus, ensuring that they align with the principals and goals of the college’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Milon currently serves as co-chair of the college’s Diversity Council and actively participated in the development of its strategic plan.

Prior to his arrival at FIT, Milon was also vice president of Administrative Services at Bergen Community College. Long engaged in diversity-related activities, he conducted over 100 workshops and retreats on leadership, diversity, and higher education for students, faculty and staff at Bergen, as well as at DeVry University, where he also dean of Business and Technology programs prior to his tenure at Bergen. In 2019, Ron facilitated a series of workshops for faculty, staff, and students on Diversity and Inclusion at SUNY Korea in Incheon, South Korea. 

Prior to his appointment as CDO in 2016, Ron served as associate vice president for Academic Affairs. In this role he worked closely with, faculty, and administration in areas as varied as budget and fiscal resources, facilities, personnel, and academic technology infrastructure. He also served as interim dean of FIT’s Center for Continuing Education and Professional Studies.

Dr. Milon has a PhD in Adult Education from Capella University, an MA in Political Science from the New School for Social Research, an MA in History from the University of Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from SUNY/Brockport. For three years, was a Ralph Bunche Fellow as part of a City University Graduate School and University Center program. He earned certificates in leadership from Penn State University and Leadership New Jersey, completed a workshop in Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Training at Cornell, and Diversity certification on the professional standards provided by NADOHE and SUNY for Chief Diversity Officers.