COL (Ret.) Ronald M. Joe, Sr.
COL (Ret.) Ronald M. Joe, Sr. is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and received his Masters of Science in Public Administration from The Florida State University (FSU). A Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC program at FAMU, he spent thirty years in the military retiring with the rank of Full Colonel. During his military career, he saw duty in Vietnam, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, Canada, Germany, Russia, and the United States. Two of his tours brought him back to FAMU as an instructor in the ROTC program and as Professor of Military Science.
He was the Commandant of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) for five years (1991-96) and returned as the first civilian leader of DEOMI from 2010-2012 as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), a grade equivalent to the military rank of Brigadier General. DEOMI is the only institute conducting research and training for all military and civilian Equal opportunity Advisors and diversity practitioners.
After retiring from the military, he served at FAMU as Interim Vice President for University Relations, Executive Director of the FAMU Foundation, Associate Vice President of Development and Director of Student Activities. Joe is the recipient of many medals and awards to include the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2nd Award), and the Bronze Star. He received the FAMU Distinguished Alumni Award and was named by FAMU and the Tallahassee Democrat as one of FAMU’s 125 Distinguished Alumni. He served two years as a chairperson on the Florida Council for Education and Employment of Women and Girls and is a former member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Search for Common Ground, a non-profit organization.He presently serves as president of The 100 Black Men of America Tallahassee, Inc. and president of the FAMU National ROTC Alumni Association.