Walsh College

Sheila R. Ronis, Ph.D.

Sheila Ronis, Ph.D.

Professor of Management
Chair, Department of Management

(248) 823-1296 
(248) 425-1430 (cell)
(248) 689-0920 (fax)

sronis@walshcollege.edu


Areas of Expertise

Decision Support
Foresight and Visioning
Strategic Management
Systems Thinking

General Motors

Ford Motor Co.

China

Erosion of U.S. Industrial Base

 National Security Reform


Dr. Sheila R. Ronis Chair and Professor of the Department of Management at Walsh College.  She is also President of The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm, and thank tank specializing in strategic management, visioning, leadership, national security and public policy.  She is a Senior Advisor to Ambassador David Abshire at the Washington based Center for the Study of the Presidency and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Defense University Foundation.  On June 12, 2013, Dr. Ronis was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Outstanding Public Service Award in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Her B.S. is in Physics, Mathematics and Education.  Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from The Ohio State University in Large Social System Behavior.  


Dr. Ronis is the former chair of the Vision Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) in Washington, D.C., which was tasked by Congress to rewrite the National Security Act of 1947.  As a Distinguished Fellow at PNSR, Dr. Ronis was responsible for the plan and processes to develop The Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment; the place where the President of the United States will conduct "grand strategy" on behalf of the nation.


On 30 July, 2010, she chaired a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, that presented the findings of the PNSR Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios which she edited, that outlines why foresight capabilities are essential to the workings of the Executive Office of the President of the United States.  She was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship and studied these issues in Singapore in August and October 2011.  Dr. Ronis facilitated a workshop entitled "Energy as Grand Strategy" on 7-8 May, 2012 at the National Defense University co-sponsored by the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy.  A publication of that title co-edited by Dr. Ronis was published in August 2013.  On 8-9 November, 2011, Dr. Ronis chaired a symposium at the National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies, "Forging an American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through a Complex Future," in Washington, D.C.  A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis will be published in October 2013.  On 24-25 August 2010, Dr. Ronis chaired the conference: "Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security" at the National Defense University that explored a "grand strategy" for a healthy U.S. economy.  A publication based on that conference, edited by Dr. Ronis was published December 2011.


In March 2006, she completed a study of the national security implications of the erosion of the U.S. industrial base for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.  Her book, Timelines into the Future: Strategic Visioning Methods for Government, Industry and Other Organizations, was published by Hamilton Books in June, 2007.  Other significant papers include, "Transformational Recapitalization: rethinking USAF Aircraft Procurement Philosophies" which was published in Defense AT&L in November 2004 and "Erosion of the Industrial Base and its Issues of National Security: A Systems Approach to Congressional Action" presented at the National Defense Industrial Association conference in November 2005.  Dr. Ronis participates in many programs at the Eisenhower School, formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. including their National Security Strategy Exercise.  In June 2005, she chaired at ICAF the Army's Eisenhower National Security Series Conference, "The State of the U.S. Industrial Base: National Security Implications in a World of Globalization."  The Proceedings of that conference, which Dr. Ronis co-edited with Dr. Lynne Thompson, were published by the National Defense University Press in April, 2006.


Currently, Dr. Ronis is in the process of prototyping a Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment to improve decision making for the President of the United States and other executives. 

 


Education

Ph.D., Large Social System Behavior; The Ohio State University

M.A., Large Social System Behavior; The Ohio State University

B.S., Physics, Mathematics & Education; The Ohio State University

 

Life Member, Phi Kappa Phi; former Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, The Ohio State Alumni Association; :Life Member, The Economic Club of Detroit; Life Member, Association of the U.S. Army; Life Member, National Defense Industrial Association; Member, Academy of Management; Fellow, Inter-University Symposium of Armed Forces and Society; Life Member, World Future Society.