Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Ronald A. Olson - 2005

Ronald A. Olson is chief of the Parks and Recreation Division in the state of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources. He is responsible for ensuring the overall performance, effectiveness, supervision, and administration of all of the division’s programs, which serve to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for Michigan’s citizens and visitors to the state’s parks, recreation areas, great lakes harbors, and public water access sites.

Previously, he served as associate city administrator in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has also worked in the field of parks and recreation in Rockville, Maryland, and St. Joseph’s County in Indiana. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University.