Ronald Roskens, PhD

Inducted June 25, 1993

Researcher, Educator

Spencer Chapter

Spencer, IA

Began career in education as a high school teacher - Milburn, Iowa 1954
Assistant Counselor to Men, University of Iowa - 1955
Associate Professor, Dean, Assistant to the President - Kent State University - 1959
Professor, Senior Vice President - Kent State University - 1966
Professor and Executive Vice President - Kent State University - 1971
Chancellor and Professor of Educational Administration - University of Nebraska
Omaha - 1972
President, University of Nebraska - 1977
Appointed by U.S. President George Bush to serve as Administrator of the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) - 1990
President and Chief Executive Officer - Action International Incorporated, an
organization created to maximize the impact, and ensure the continuation of the
INTERACTION Council, a group of former world leaders who meet annually to
consider proposals and recommendations intended to effect positive changes on
the global scene.
12 Honorary Degrees from institutions of higher education around the World
Spencer Chapter, Spencer, Iowa
Initiated: 1949
Legion of Honor 1980
Born in Spencer, Iowa, and raised on a farm, Ronald Roskens began his career in education as a high school teacher in Milburn, Iowa. A year later, in 1955, he became the Assistant Counselor to Men at the University of Iowa.

In 1959, Roskens began his career at Kent State University as Associate Professor, Dean, Assistant to the President; in 1966, he graduated to Professor, Senior Vice President; and in 1971, to Professor and Executive Vice President. Roskens' next jump happened a year later, when, in 1972, he became the Chancellor and Professor of Educational Administration for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In 1977, he became President of the University of Nebraska.

Roskens' career changed when he was appointed by United States President George Bush, Sr., to serve as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1990. He was the chief executive officer of a $7.5 billion program of economic and humanitarian assistance to more than 100 countries in the developing world. In December 1992, Roskens became the president of Action International, Inc., a newly created organization to maximize the impact and insure the continuation of the InterAction Council, a group of thirty-five former heads of state government. The InterAction Council met annually to consider, in conjunction with leading international policy advisors, proposals and recommendations intended to effect positive change on the global scene. Members included former President Gerald Ford and Mikhail Gorbachev. In January 1996, Roskens became president of Global Connections, Inc., an international business consulting firm.

Roskens is listed in the "Who's Who in America," "Leaders of the English Speaking World," and "Community Leaders of America." Roskens has also received twelve Honorary Degrees from institutions of higher education around the world. Roskens and his wife, Lois, have three daughters and one son.

Roskens was initiated into Spencer Chapter DeMolay in Spencer, Iowa, in 1949. He received the Legion of Honor distinction in 1980. He also became a 33rd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite in 1991. Roskens was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 25, 1993.

"DeMolay was an anvil on which character issues of great consequence to young men were hammered out. The impact upon me at the time of active membership was immense. I can only hope that my subsequent actions have been faithful lessons that I was privileged to learn in the DeMolay environment."