In 1988, Ronald McFadden kicked off the new year with a new job at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the Educational Advancement Program, where he currently serves as director.
“I came to UT because I could be part of a growing initiative to expand equality of educational opportunity,” he said.
During his 25 years with UT, Ronald has indeed seen the program grow. In the past 15 years, the Educational Advancement Program has had an 85 percent graduation rate.
While the numbers are evidence of the program’s success, seeing students grasp the core principles of the Educational Advancement Program is what brings the most satisfaction.
“It takes time, but eventually students learn to manage their time, to love learning, to pursue knowledge and to make a difference in their community,” he said.
Ronald and his wife, Yolanda, have two children, Parette and Michael. In his free time, Ronald enjoys listening to jazz music, running, reading and singing.