Born to the son of a factory worker, Ronald Fancher, grew up in a 2-parent household where education was valued and strived after, it’s no surprise that Ronald paved a career in Education. Indigenous to Milwaukee, Ron attended elementary school at Hopkins St. School, Samuel Morris Jr. High and is a very proud graduate of North Division High School. As a college freshman, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and then moved south for three years, where he attended the historically black college – Fisk, in Nashville, TN.
Fancher completed a degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1982. He started his days in education with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee where he worked his way up to Associate Director. He has always valued education as an impactful tool to change the quality of life for youth. After the Boys and Girls Club, he moved on to Urban Day School as a teacher in health and physical education. During the course of his 24 years of educational service at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Ronald has served in a number of areas, but always impacting the lives of students.
He served for 8 years in Project 2nd Chance – assisting at-risk youth with attaining their high school diploma. He also has been a strong force in the Student Life division of Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he is involved in providing students a well-rounded college experience through helping them with Student Organizations on campus. Ron has been closely tied to his MPS roots throughout his career. He has coordinated the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, also known as GEAR-UP which originally was started under the former President Clinton administration through a U.S. Department of Education grant to Milwaukee Public Schools to provide middle and high school students evening and weekend career & academic booster camps to prepare students for postsecondary education.
In addition to his work at MATC, Ron is actively involved in a number of other projects while spending time with his family. He and his wife of 8 years, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He volunteers on the advisory council for the LaVarnway Boys and Girls Club, he volunteers on the Northcott Neighborhood House and for 30 years, Ron has been conducting training and development of officials in the Midwest Minority Basketball Organization. He says that his work in sports officiating is parallel to success in business because you learn how to manage people, administer rules and stay out of the emotional side of things, and remembering that cooler heads always prevail.
Ron’s greatest reward is working with the adult high school and GED population because he says, so many have given up on them or they have given up on themselves. He plays a role in charting an individual’s pathway to college success which unleashes a new and different personality of confidence and that’s why Ronald Fancher is receiving a 2013 Black Excellence Award in the category of: Education.