Dr. Ronald E. Goldsberry

Dr. Goldsberry

Dr. Goldsberry began his association with Ford in 1983 when the company purchased Parker Chemical Company from the Parker Division of Occidental Chemical Corporation. He was vice president and general manager of the Parker Division at the time of the purchase.

He later was named president and chief operating officer of Parker Chemical, which was a subsidiary of Ford's Plastics, Paint and Vinyl Division. It became the Plastic Products Division in 1986. Ford sold Parker in 1987.

Before joining Parker, he was vice president of business development and planning for Occidental Chemical Corporation. He also held management positions with the Gulf Oil Corporation, the Boston Consulting Group and Hewlett Packard. As a captain in the Army, he was a research chemist at the NASA/AMES Research Center.

Dr. Goldsberry was graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in chemistry from Central State University. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance and marketing from Stanford University. Central State University and Adrian College presented him with honorary doctorate degrees.

Dr. Goldsberry is the recipient of numerous academic, industry and civic awards and was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1993. He is a member of the boards of Central State University Foundation, Michigan State University Foundation, Unum Corporation, and WTVS-TV, the public television station in Detroit.

A mentor over the years to scores of young people, Dr. Goldsberry chaired the successful $7-million "Lighting the Spark" fund-raising campaign for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). Founded in 1976, DAPCEP is a privately financed effort to motivate and academically prepare minority youth to pursue careers in engineering, science and mathematics-related fields. Dr. Goldsberry is the President Emeritus of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities In Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)

  • Co-founder of Ford African American Network (FAAN)
  • Past Chairman of Ford United Fund Campaign Founder of Michigan State University Black Alumni Endowment Scholarship Fund, which raised over one million dollars
  • Established two endowed Goldsberry scholarship funds for minorities at Michigan State University, one in the College of Natural Science and the other in the Business School
  • Established $100,000 endowed Goldsberry Scholarship Fund at Central State University
  • Established scholarship fund for minorities at Stanford University Business School
  • Financial sponsor and mentor for student in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Chaired the $7-million “Light the Spark” Campaign for DAPCEP
  • Secured $1-million donation to Florida A&M University Secured $1-million donation to Florida A&M University FAMU) from Ford Motor Company
  • Inducted into National Academy of Engineering in October 1993
  • Unselfishly mentored innumerable young men and women from all walks of life
  • Served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Served on the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advisory Council