Ronald J. Ulrich 1966*
Ronald J. Ulrich graduated from Lehigh University in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and business administration. He went on to earn an M.B.A. in corporate finance from New York University Graduate School of Business in 1971. Ulrich is chairman and chief investment officer of Equinox Capital Management, LLC, which he founded following 15 years with Morgan Stanley. There, he was a managing director of Morgan Stanley Group, Inc. He co-founded Morgan Stanley Asset Management in 1975.
Ulrich joined the Lehigh University Board of Trustees in 1993 and chaired the board from 1996-2002. Now chairman emeritus, he is the chair of Shine Forever: The Campaign for Lehigh, the university’s $500 million fundraising effort. Ulrich also serves on the board’s executive and development committees.
Through his generosity, Ulrich has set a leadership example for friends and alumni of Lehigh University, focusing his philanthropy on athletics, enhancements to Lehigh’s campus, and the visual and performing arts at the university. He regularly supports Zoellner Arts Center and has established two endowed chairs in the music department, the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Orchestral Studies and the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Choral Arts. He provided support for the Ulrich Sports Complex, a dual-field facility, and contributed to the renovations of the Cundey Varsity House and wrestling arena in Lower Grace Hall. He also supported the endowment of the head football position. Additionally, he provided for the renovation of Upper Grace Hall into the Ulrich Student Center. Ulrich has also spearheaded efforts to revitalize Bethlehem’s South Side.
Ulrich received the Lehigh New York Club’s “L-in-Life” award in 2003, which is presented to exceptional alumni who have contributed significantly to the Lehigh community. Ulrich and his wife, Christie, have three sons, two of whom attended Lehigh.