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Office of the President

Dr. Ron Erickson

Dr. Ron Erickson has been president of Hocking College since 2009, and is the college's third president and chief executive officer. Dr. Erickson comes to Hocking College from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota where he was vice president of academic affairs and institutional planning.

His responsibilities within his previous position included serving as chief academic officer and the senior member of the college administrative team, overseeing academic services across seven academic departments as well as academic support service units. Dr. Erickson has applied his expertise in leading institutional planning efforts, including long-range strategic planning, master planning in Academics, Retention and Enrollment Management, and operational planning across all academic programs and support services to the development of a Hocking College Strategic Plan.

Upon arriving to his post at Hocking College, Dr. Erickson has felt immediately comfortable in Southeastern Ohio, attributing the easy transition to his rural upbringing in northern Minnesota. "The things I noticed when driving here from the airport the first time were the rolling hills that were just beginning to green after the winter. The outdoors is in my blood, and I am an avid fisherman. I felt as though I belonged here. Growing up I learned to fish from the banks of the Rainy River. I baled acres of hay alongside my father, and I tried my best to break and train his horses, I was only somewhat successful. We also cut pulpwood together in the winter. I don't believe these things are that different from what young people must experience growing up around here," he said.

Born and raised in International Falls, Minnesota, on the Canadian border, Dr. Erickson first earned his associate's degree at Rainy River Community College, which paved the way to begin his extensive career and interest in the value of a community college education. As a 19-year old in International Falls, Minnesota, Dr. Erickson was a commissioned lay minister, an experience he says probably helped polish his public speaking skills. He then went on to receive his B.A. in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. While earning his M.A. in Exceptional Child Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, he began teaching special education. He then proceeded to return to Minnesota, continuing to teach and earning his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

His credentials, coupled with vast educational and professional experiences, opened doors as he made his way from Minnesota to Southeastern Ohio and Hocking College. Stops along the way included positions as the Dean of Instruction at Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minnesota; the Dean of Academic Affairs at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, New York; and then finally to his position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Institutional Planning at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota. Dr. Erickson was recognized for his accomplishments in 1994 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Minnesota State Board of Community Colleges.

Dr. Erickson has been very active in community and professional organizations. Among the organizations he has served include previous positions on the board of directors for the Minnesota Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities, Custom Contracts and Services, and the Rainy Lake Production Company, all located in Minnesota. He also served as past chairperson of the Woodbury Center for the Arts Planning Committee. He currently serves on the board of ACENet, a local economic development agency focused on supporting new businesses in the region, the Athens County Economic Development Council, and on the Presidents Council of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.