Ron Hadfield is assistant vice president for university communication and editor of ACU Today magazine. He has led ACU’s Creative Services staff since 1983 as lead writer, editor and art director, overseeing the university’s brand and communications work.
A native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Ron graduated from Rochester College in 1976 with an A.A. degree and from ACU in 1979 with a B.A. in journalism. He played college baseball and was editor of ACU’s The Optimist newspaper, twice receiving the Wendell H. Bedichek award as the top journalism student.
Over the last 33 years, he and his Creative Services staff at ACU have won more than 300 awards from the American Advertising Federation and 138 regional awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Films he has produced have won 10 international Telly Awards. Projects he has directed have won four awards in CASE international Circle of Excellence competition, including silver medals in 2005 for ACU's Centennial Campaign film and in 2009 for ACU's student recruiting film, and a gold medal in 2006 for the university's Centennial book, The ACU Century.
He also has served as a judging coordinator for regional and international CASE competitions, and been a presenter at regional CASE conferences and workshops. During the university’s Centennial in 2006, Ron received a Gutenberg award from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication for distinguished professional achievement, as well as the John and Ruth Stevens Historical “Hashknife” Award for pioneering preservation of ACU history.