Ronald M. Zurek '68
1996 Outstanding Alumni
Biography as it appeared in 1996.
Ronald M. Zurek was honored as Outstanding Alumnus for his service to the University and the advancement of higher education. Ron graduated cum laude from CLU with a bachelor’s degree in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1978. He was listed in Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges in 1966 and served as CLU Associated Student Body president in 1968.
Ron is currently the director of Economic Development and Outreach at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Ron is trustee emeritus, past president for finance, and a member of the executive and investment committees of the University, Reno, Foundation; trustee of the Reno Philharmonic Endowment; member of CLU’s Board of Regents; past president of the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra; and a member of the board of directors of the Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Reno’s H.O.M.E. project.
“From a college to a University, obviously much about “Cal Lu” has changed in the past thirty years. In the mid 1960s, Cal Lu was a fast fledging college with no institutional history and no sense of continuity and tradition. It was understandably difficult to get excited about the notion of being an alumnus. Today, however, thousands of CLU graduates across the nation and around the world effectively compete and contribute in virtually every field of human endeavor. It is clear as we approach the next century, CLU and her alumni have, in fact, come of age. It is somewhat shocking to realize we are the ones writing the institutional legacy absent during those early years.”