Ronald A. Magnuson

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Ron Magnuson has spent most of his career in the corporate world. After receiving his Electrical Engineering degree from Bucknell University, he worked as an engineer for two different utility companies for about six years. He then earned an MBA and was appointed to various management positions at Allegheny Energy. His two key executive positions were the Executive Director of Human Resources and Vice President of the Customer Business Unit. As part of Allegheny’s succession planning program Ron participated in a number of external management development programs including the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has always been very involved in community and industry organizations and was a member of several Boards of Directors. He was the Chairman of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, the Marketing Executive Conference and the Pitt Greensburg Advisory Board. The latter gave Ron the opportunity to be a member of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees.

In 2007, Ron began working in higher education in the Dean’s Office as the Director of Administration for the Katz Graduate School of Business. He also began teaching as an adjunct in the College of Business Administration, where he taught Business Ethics and Labor Relations. Ron is passionate about leveraging his executive experience and utilizing experience-based learning in the classroom. He received the Katz Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2014, Ron was appointed to a full-time faculty position as Clinical Assistant Professor. In this position he is responsible for teaching and coordinating the MBA Management Simulation course.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Employment and Labor Relations (Undergraduate)
  • Managerial Ethics and Stakeholder Management (Undergraduate)
  • The Management Simulation (MBA)

Awards and Honors

Excellence in Teaching Award, Pitt Business

Professional Service and Activities

Ordained Elder, Westminster Presbyterian Church


  • MBA, Mount Saint Mary's College
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Bucknell University

Center Affiliation

Berg Center

CV File

Academic Area

Organizations and Entrepreneurship

Personal Interests

Tennis, walking, golf, and church.