Department: Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life
Bio:Originally from San Diego, CA, Ronald Atkinson comes to UNT with over 11 years of experience advising fraternities and sororities. Ronald earned Bachelors degrees in both Exercise Science and Recreation from Baker University located in Baldwin City, KS. During his time at Baker, Ronald was a member of the football team, residence hall staff, multicultural student union, and was initiated as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He earned his Masters degree from McKendree University located in Lebanon, IL in Higher Education Administrative Services and currently, is pursuing an Ed.D in Organizational Change and Leadership from The University of Southern California. In his spare time, he loves to cook and DJ local events for friends and family.
What does your role entail/what do you do: I have the honor of serving as the foremost advocate for the fraternity and sorority experience on campus. I take responsibility in ensuring that the fraternity and sorority experience contributes positively towards the broader campus community and to UNT’s mission of empowering our students to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
What is your favorite part about working at UNT: Our students. Just like any institution, students are the lifeblood and the reason for why we show up everyday. It is a privilege to have a hand in positively shaping their experience. UNT students have a unique sense of pride and appreciation for this campus. Much like I did as an undergraduate. Knowing that I get to serve students that a shared experience is what gets me out of bed everyday. Plus, at any given moment you can see Scrappy walking across campus.
Fun fact about you: I had the privilege of serving as the opening DJ for DMX when I was in college. It was one of the most surreal things I have ever had a chance to do.
What’s an identity you’re proud to share with others at UNT? First-Gen. I share that identity proudly because it is an experience that so many here understand and one that signals the catalyst for motivation to achieve.
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