About Leadership

Ronald Martel

Ronald Martel

Representing Student Affairs on the President’s Cabinet, Ron Martel is an experienced higher education administrator with demonstrated experience in student affairs leadership for both private and public institutions.

Before coming to RISD, Martel was Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) before recently retiring. There he provided vision, leadership and supervision for several areas that he also oversees at RISD: student counseling, health service and education, new student orientation and parent support programs, housing and residential education, student involvement and leadership, and community standards and conduct.  

Martel also held leadership positions at Temple University and Northeastern University previous to his time at JWU.

a photo portrait of Ron Martel standing outside a brick building on RISD campus.