Retired Lieutenant General Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., who appeared in US Black Engineer magazine’s Top Blacks in the Military list every year since he was promoted brigadier general in 2005, began his new job as president of Angelo State University on August 14.
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents announced the selection of the retired U.S. Air Force general as the sole finalist for the presidency on July 24. According to the Texas Tech University System, the decision was unanimously approved at the conclusion of a special-called board meeting.
Angelo State University has invited the university and extended community to join them virtually as they introduce Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. as the 11th president of Angelo State University.
The event starts at 9:00 am on Monday, August 17. Featured speakers include Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., chancellor, Texas Tech University System, Mickey Long, Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, and Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., president, Angelo State University.
Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., retired as director, Defense Information Systems Agency and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Networks, in August 2015.
He led a global organization of military and civilian personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, he served as president of the Hawkins Group (a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business), where he provides clients with solutions to cyber security, strategic planning, risk management, and leadership development. Hawkins is on the Board of Directors and Advisors for several corporations and organizations. He is the director of Ezra Vision Ministries, which conducts short-term mission trips to Haiti.
He received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Angelo State University in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Angelo State University; a Master of Science degree in management and human relations from Abilene Christian University; a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; and a Master of Divinity degree in church ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary.
Chief Master Sgt. (ret) Ronnie D. Hawkins Sr. San Angelo, TX (1931-2018) was the first African-American chief master sergeant at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo in 1969.