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TU Appoints New VP for Strategic Innovation

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Tiffin University announced the appointment of Ron Lonzo as Vice President of Strategic Innovation—a new position effective May 1. This position reports to TU’s President, Dr. Lillian Schumacher.

The position of Vice President of Strategic Innovation is an evolving role requiring a complex range of skills to make strategy happen through innovation. This position focuses on strategy execution, new business opportunities and new technologies that drive value for students at all levels.

“It is perfect timing for Ron to join our leadership team as we build the future of Tiffin University,” Schumacher said. “The Vice President for Strategic Innovation is a critical role that will spearhead long-term, forward-thinking organizational strategies designed to keep Tiffin University focused on what’s next. This position must strategize, anticipate and respond to market trends with the goal of responding to the needs of our students and accelerate long-term and sustainable growth. Ron has a successful track record of identifying new strategic business opportunities and developing synergistic partnerships.”

Lonzo is a seasoned executive with a strong strategy orientation who has lead major initiatives and businesses in varying roles before taking on this role at Tiffin University.

“I am excited to work with a talented and dedicated leadership team,” Lonzo said. “This new division will bring substantial focus to advancing Tiffin University’s strategic priorities and create new opportunities for institution-wide academic innovation strategy.”

With over 11 years of experience in higher education in various roles within public and private institutions, Ron is a passionate, innovative, and dedicated manager/advisor leading growth through increased sales and shaping a culture of change and excellence. Sitting in various roles from the president, enrollment management and faculty, he has demonstrated diverse strengths in linking strategic and tactical planning to day-to-day operations.

Spending time with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, and Acer America, Ron also brings 5 years of corporate experience in budgeting, training, and sales. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin System in 1994.