Ron was born and raised in the Bronx, NY and attended Brooklyn Technical H.S. in Brooklyn, NY, Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH, Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to starting a career in higher education, Ron worked as a financial analyst and in consumer sales for First Investor Corporation in NY, NY where he secured his SEC license. Ron has worked at Pace University, Montclair State University, Drew University, George Mason University and the University of Minnesota. In 2001, he and his wife Barbara relocated to Leesburg to be closer to their kids.
Ron worked for over 30 years at various colleges and universities as a senior level administrator. In 2000, he started his own consulting company, College Business Concepts, and in 2012, was hired as the CEO for an international association representing auxiliary service professionals working at colleges and universities.
Since 1982, Ron has been an activist working with men in prisons teaching about masculinity development and has done extensive work with colleges and universities on the topic of sexual assault. Ron has been recognized by professional associations for his volunteer leadership work and in 1992, was appointed to serve on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Task Force on Sexual Violence on Colleges and Universities and to the Virginia Lt. Governor's Task Force on Sexual Violence in K-12. Ron was the keynote speaker for sexual assault awareness week at Duke University during the nationally publicized lacrosse team incident in 2006.
Over the course of his career, Ron has been a frequent speaker on the topic of public private partnerships and has been invited several times to speak at conferences nationally and internationally. In 1996, Ron crafted the largest college and university beverage contract valued at over $26 million for the University of Minnesota. In 1998, under Ron’s leadership at the University of Minnesota, the newest residence hall was built and named after a famous African American alumnus, Roy W. Wilkens.
In 2014, Ron was diagnosed with prostate cancer and after successful surgery, he required additional treatment for a secondary reoccurrence. Today, Ron’s cancer is medically undetectable and as a survivor he is an active supporter of cancer awareness and men’s health issues.
In January 2016, Ron declared his candidacy for a seat on the Leesburg Town Council - his first attempt at running for public office. In November 2016, Ron was elected and in January 2017, was sworn into office with a mission to represent the voices of all the residents in Leesburg. In May 2017, Ron became a Certified Planning Commissioner after successfully completing coursework provided by the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension program.
Previous to being elected to serve on the Leesburg Town Council, Ron was nominated by former Town Council member, Katie Hammler to serve on the Town’s Technology Commission and the Environmental Advisory Commission and was nominated by Loudoun County Board of Supervisor Kristen Umstattd to serve on the County’s Community Justice Advisory Board. Ron is an active member of the Loudoun County NAACP and the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary.
Ron has been an active member of the Town Council and has initiated the following resolutions which the majority have been passed through cooperative work with his colleagues:
- Nominated Suzanne Fox to become the Vice Mayor.
- Developed a memorandum of understanding with Loudoun County to provide health services to Leesburg residents.
- Proposed the economic development steering committee that completed its work and has presented a series of over 50 recommendations to the Town Council to update the Town Comprehensive Plan and presented a framework to improve land development services.
- Proposed additional police officers to support the budget request from the Leesburg Chief of Police. This resolution was defeated by nay votes that included the current Mayor.
- Requested additional funding to support the growing demand for longer hours of operation at the Thomas Balch Library that was also defeated by nay votes that included the current Mayor.
- Initiated the resolution to restore the Councilmanic liaison relationships in March 2018 with the 13 Town appointed Commissions and Boards after these important relationships were eliminated in January 2017. Councilman Campbell was the only person who voted to keep these important lines of communication open when they were eliminated.
Ron is currently assigned as the Councilmanic liaison to the Planning Commission and the Thomas Balch Library Commission.
In 2017, after working with Pastor Michelle C. Thomas on the development of the Loudoun Freedom Center in Lansdowne, VA and the successful efforts to re-claim the African American Burial Grounds for the Enslaved at Belmont, Ron was asked to become the first Executive Director of the Loudoun Freedom Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of African American history and artifacts in Loudoun County, VA.
Ron and Barb have four adult children: Joshua (Pam), Serena (Justin), Steven and Jarrett (Belinda) and have six grandchildren: Christian, Cameron, Maxwell, Orion, Riley and Ava. Ron and Barb travel frequently to visit them in Tennessee, Georgia, Richmond, VA and Hampton, VA.
Ron and Barb have been married for 19 years and are passionate about their faith, their family and their church family, Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries International in Lansdowne, VA, where the pastor is Rev. Michelle C. Thomas. In their spare time they enjoy international travel, golf, exercise, running (more Barb), warm days and cool nights and being at home in Leesburg, VA.
Learn more about Ron and his activities through his LinkedIn profile and Facebook page, Ron Campbell for Leesburg Mayor.