CRI Research Fellows


Ronald Russo


Senior Education Fellow

Senior Education Fellow, Center for Education Excellence B.S. in physics from St. Joseph University, MBA from U of Delaware (personnel administration), and J.D. from Widener University. Ron has spent 42 years in Delaware's charter and nonpublic secondary schools. He began his teaching career at St. Elizabeth High School followed by an assistant principal position at the newly constructed St. Mark's High School. After 8 years he was appointed principal, a position he held for 18 years. In 1995 he was hired by a business consortium (DuPont, Hercules Incorporated, Zeneca, Verizon, Delmarva Power, and Christiana Care Health Systems) as President to establish Delaware's first charter school with a math and science focus. All initial expectations were exceeded in the first 3 years. During Ron's 14 years at the Charter School of Wilmington a substantial operating financial surplus was generated. Newsweek magazine and U.S. News and World Report have consistently ranked the school as one of the top public schools in the nation. He was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1982. Ron currently serves on the Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens and is a member of the Town of Elsmere's Finance Committee. He has served as a Trustee for the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, a member of the Catholic Diocesan Board of Education, and Delaware's Legislative Task Force for Gifted and Talented. He is one of the recipients of the University of Delaware's Lerner "Fabulous 50" MBA Alumni Awards.