The honors community honors Ron Brandolini, of Orlando who died June 16 after a long battle with cancer. Brandolini, founding director of Valencia College’s honors program in the 1980s, served in that capacity for 20 years. During that time, he recruited top students and teachers for the program, elevating the program’s stature throughout the country. A tribute to Ron is available from the Orlando Sentinel.
Ron was a frequent presenter at NCHC conferences and a session leader for Beginning in Honors for many years. He served on the Executive Committee and the Two-Year College Committee as well as serving on the Conference Planning committee for at least five years.
In 2000, Ron ran for the NCHC Board of Directors, demonstrating his commitment to NCHC and his understanding of honors. Ron believed that assessment, the relationship between two and four year institutions, and support of new honors programs and directors were of primary importance to the organization.
His work at Valencia College ultimately resulted in its rating as one of the highest community college programs in the country. His intellect, common sense, and strategic sense will be missed.