Dr. Ron Wagner
Wagner, a 1998 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in health management, athletic training option, is associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania.
For 20 years, Wagner has focused his life and career on the principles of giving back through the advancement of higher education and offering students the opportunity to not only pursue a degree, but also to learn to find success with that degree. The foundation for this work began at Southeast Missouri State University, which he credits as being the catalyst for all he’s accomplished to date and for planting the seeds that became his vision for the future of higher education.
After graduating from Southeast, Wagner earned a Master of Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University; a Master of Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; and a doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. In addition, Wagner is currently pursuing his Executive Master of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis.
This education solidified his belief that the experience and student-professor relationships, not the degree itself, create the platform for success. As an educator, Wagner has served as a faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University, University of Arkansas and University of Tennessee at Martin. In his current position at California University of Pennsylvania, he combines his passion for exercise science and educational technology by teaching in the online exercise science graduate program.
In 2008, his passion for student success led him to establish a company that would bring his vision for the future of higher education to life. Relearnit is a firm which develops and manages online education programs for colleges and universities across the United States. Relearnit is driven by educators and focuses on academic excellence, creating an environment in which it’s not exclusively about enrollment, but rather about supporting the success of students once they complete their coursework. This approach creates a formula for long-term financial sustainability for the institutions the firm serves.
Today, Wagner gives back to Southeast in a variety of ways to support the University he believes provided him with opportunities he may not have been afforded elsewhere. In 2015, he established the Dr. Ronald Wagner Endowed Scholarship to support students interested in athletic training. He also serves as chair of the Advisory Board for the former College of Health and Human Services, a group of alumni who provide industry perspective on what qualities and experience they’re seeking in the workforce to help better prepare graduates for success. In addition, through his non-profit organization, Athleticare Sports Health Foundation, Inc., he leads high school students interested in athletic training on trips to Southeast, allowing them to learn about the University’s athletic training program and experience the campus environment.
He resides in Ferguson, Missouri, with his wife L’Erin. They are parents to Ronald Jr, who is a junior at Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis. In his free time, he serves on the board of directors for Lift for Life Gym and ACCESS Academies and enjoys barbecuing, fishing and collecting fine art related to the Olympic Games.