Businessman Ron L. Fowler to Chair USD's Board of Trustees

University of San Diego President Mary E. Lyons announced today that Ron L. Fowler, Chairman and CEO of San Diego-based Liquid Investments, Inc. has been elected Chairman of the University of San Diego’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1. 

“Chairman-elect Fowler has been an effective and committed member of the USD Board of Trustees since he first joined the board in 1996,” stated President Lyons.  “His service on several board committees responsible for providing oversight and vision for everything from USD athletics to academic affairs and strategic issues, has helped our university achieve remarkable success in the classroom and in athletics,” added Lyons.   Fowler currently serves on the USD Committee on Trustees, Executive Committee, Mission and Institutional Advancement Committee, the Task Force on Governance and is Chair of the Athletics Committee.

“I look forward to working with the administration, my fellow trustees and all other stakeholders to continue to grow both the academic and athletic reputation of the University of San Diego. We intend to do this while increasing both the ethnic and geographic diversity of our student population,” stated Fowler. 

A respected businessman, Mr. Fowler has served on a variety of local boards including as Chairman of the San Diego Hall of Champions, Founding Chairman of the San Diego International Sports Council, Chairman Emeritus of the SDSU Campanile Foundation and Founding Chairman of the SDSU Entrepreneurial Management Center. 

Chairman-Elect Fowler is committed to working with the 40-member board to further outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Darlene Marcos Shiley’s commitment to raising USD’s academic profile, increasing financial support to the university through philanthropy and grants, and developing new strategic goals which build upon those which have successfully guided the university in recent years.  An avid supporter of Torero Athletics, Mr. Fowler will also devote considerable time and attention to helping USD athletic programs reach new milestones in NCAA Division I athletics.

Mr. Fowler and his wife, Alexis, live in Rancho Santa Fe.

About the University of San Diego: The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.