Dr. Ronald L. Swain

Dr. Swain is a servant-leader and social entrepreneur, who formed Swain Consulting Services, LLC (SCS) in 2013 after a forty-plus year career in higher education administration.  SCS’s mission is to facilitate individual’s development to achieve their maximum potential and to lead organizations and systems toward performance excellence and to do so with human compassion. Swain joined the Senior Staff at Southwestern University in August 2000 as Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Assessment.  His responsibilities included serving as the University’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  In addition to his higher education career, he is a retired clergyman of the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. A native of Macon, Georgia, Dr. Swain holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA; a Master of Divinity degree from the Shaw Divinity School in Raleigh, NC; a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a Doctor of Education degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  In addition, Dr. Swain has completed postdoctoral study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute on Educational Management. He also has earned Certificates of Completion from the Society of College and University Planning’s (SCUP) Planning Institute and The Quality Texas Foundation’s Organizational Excellence Examiner Training Program.

With over four decades of experience in higher education administration, he began his professional higher education career in the Student Affairs Division at Duquesne in 1970.  In 1972, he moved to North Carolina State University at Raleigh, where he worked as a counselor and area coordinator in residence life and an adjunct member of the faculty. Over the next 20 years, Dr. Swain served in several positions at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, the oldest historically black college in the Southeastern United States. His last position at Shaw was Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Planning. In 1994, he became national director for the final phase of The United Negro College Fund’s Campaign 2000. He subsequently served as the 15th President of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

Dr. Swain, a community development advocate who strives to create a high quality of life for all people, is active in the First United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Georgetown, TX and the Providence Place Board of Directors in San Antonio. He has represented Southwestern University on the City of Georgetown’s Economic Development Commission and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is past Chairman of both organizations. Dr. Swain is past Chair of the Board of Directors for The Georgetown Project, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, and Texas Life-sciences Collaboration Center (TLCC) and currently serves as Chair of The Williamson County Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the Texas Methodist Foundation.

Prior to relocating to Georgetown, Dr. Swain was active with the Greater Raleigh (NC) Chamber of Commerce where he served on the Buy Local Task Force, the Marshall (TX) Chamber of Commerce where he was a member of the Board of Directors and served as chair of the membership committee, and the Marshall Economic Development Corporation as chair of the marketing committee.

Dr. Swain has been a consultant and evaluator for the United States Department of Education’s Division of Postsecondary Education. He has served as a member of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executive Advisory Council for the International Education Conference, and chairman of the board of directors for the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives, Triangle (NC) Chapter. Previously, he served on National Council for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University.  In June 2000, Dr. Swain was honored by his alma mater when he was inducted into the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni.  In June 2004, he received the Mount de Sales Academy Career Achievement Award.  Swain was the first African American male graduate of the Academy.

In January 2012, Dr. Swain was recognized with the Owen W. Sherrill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. This award is presented to persons whose dedication to economic development over a number of years has significantly enhanced the creation of jobs and wealth in the community