Dr. Ron Chi has a long history of leadership in education at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. He currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer at Kentucky State University, a position jointly created between the university and Frankfort Independent Schools to lead new collaboration between the institutions aimed at designing supports for students and educators. In this role, Chi works with university and business leaders to create professional development experiences and curricula that provide a pathway to college and beyond. Chi has also served as a Superintendent Fellow (MSIP) with Boon County Schools and a Superintendent Intern with Fayette County Public Schools. He served as the founding principal of The Learning Center at Linlee in Fayette County for nearly five years, an alternative program/school for students who have not been successful in a traditional school setting. He has also held positions as science/math teacher, dean of students, assessment coordinator, innovations facilitator and head football coach at Winburn Middle School in Fayette County and has served as an adjunct professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Midway College. Chi earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from University of the Cumberlands and holds a professional certificate for Instructional Leadership-School Superintendent. He completed a Master of Arts in Math and Science Education at Columbia University Teachers College, where he was the first Kentucky recipient of the prestigious Melon Fellowship in Urban Education, and earned his undergraduate degree at Georgetown College.