Dr. Ronald J. Sheppard is currently retired from business and academic life. He formerly was a consultant to NASA Headquarters in the area of Advanced Mission Planning, and held management positions with Xerox and General Motors. He held academic administrative positions including Dean, Center for Business and Industry at the University of Toledo and Dean, Continuing Education and Business Development at the College of Staten Island.
Dr. Sheppard holds a PhD in Physics and an MBA in Marketing and Finance, and was awarded a NATO Fellowship to study Astrophysics at the University of Newcastle. He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to evaluate the emerging market economies in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria; and was invited to the State Department with other community leaders for foreign policy briefings hosted by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.