New Roosevelt Board of Trustee member Ron Kubit

In the mid-80s, Ron Kubit (Computer Science ’84) noticed that computers were taking off. Although he already had an accounting degree from the University of Dayton, Kubit "wasn't about to let the world pass him by," and so he enrolled in Roosevelt University's Computer Science program.

After Roosevelt, Kubit went to work for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), the technology services company founded by Ross Perot in 1962. Although it didn't exist at the time, Kubit became a telecom engineer and engineered GM's Transatlantic communication network, after a manger said, "Ron, if you can count numbers, you can count bits." Kubit traveled internationally, worked in Europe for two years and Asia for 11, and joined up with several successful start-up companies after that.

On Becoming a Board of Trustee Member
"One day, Lynn [Weiner] was in Denver to meet alumni and asked me, 'Ron, when's the last time you were on the campus in Chicago?' I told her I've never been to the Chicago campus!" Kubit's Computer Science degree came from Roosevelt's Campus in Hawaii (which has since closed), and he'd never had the occasion to come to Chicago. Weiner, who was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the time, convinced Kubit to visit the Chicago campus, and then invited him to join Roosevelt's Advisory Board. "When she asked me to be on the Advisory Board I accepted, of course," said Kubit. "Roosevelt gave me the opportunity work/live and experience the world and I felt like I'd be able to contribute to the university.";

From Advisory Board to Board of Trustees was a short step for Kubit.

On his hopes for the University
"The companies I have run, I have told the teams, who we are today is not who we will be tomorrow. It's going to evolve based on peoples' needs ... no different than education. I'm so proud of Roosevelt being a home for so many first-generation college students, and that we have so many women in our science and technology programs, too. I hope I can help."

On his plans as a Trustee
"I always believe face-to-face meetings are more impactful. It's the interaction that you get from people that makes a difference. I look forward to making a lot more trips to Chicago now."

On how Roosevelt influenced his career and outlook
"As a graduate of Roosevelt University, I had opportunities to see the way the world works, because the biggest thing Roosevelt gave me was the opportunity to apply myself. I believe if you give people the opportunities to succeed, they will soar. Roosevelt did that for me, and I hope to help the University bring that to more students."

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