Ron serves as Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Professor at Cumberland University. He also serves as a Graduate Education Fellow and Director of the Neel Corporate Governance Center at the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Ford most recently served as CFO at Armstrong. There, he restructured the dramatically improved operating results, helping deliver a 45% increase in stock price. In a career spanning over 30 years, Ron achieved similar results in a range of public and private corporate officer roles – including CEO, President and CFO – for businesses like Silgan Containers, St. Clair Vision, Wells Real Estate Funds, and Media Arts Group. Dr. Ford received his Doctor of Executive Management from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee. Ford also served as a faculty member at UCLA and at Pepperdine University. As the associate dean at Pepperdine, he led the school to a national ranking for its EMBA program. In 2017, the Haslam College of Business presented Dr. Ron Ford with its Accomplished Alumnus Award. He was recognized as Global CFO of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.
Ford believes that the role of a 21st century leader is to encourage others to reach their greatest potential, both to make the world a better place and to bolster a firm’s competitive advantage. He demonstrates that passion both within organizations and through his own commitment to ethics, excellence and civic engagement.
Ford’s has served on the boards of Vanderbilt University, ThinkThin, Quixote, Smashbox, the UT Advisory Board and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. His civic and community involvement has included Leadership Atlanta, past president of the American Cancer Society Board in Atlanta, Young Presidents’ Organization Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Atlanta Rotary Club.