Ronald Wilson

Chair

Rutgers Board of Overseers

Class of RC 1971

Mr. Wilson is the retired President and COO of The Philadelphia Coca‐Cola Bottling Company. A Rutgers College graduate, Mr. Wilson received his BA in History in 1971 and grew up in Paterson, New Jersey. Additionally, he attended Rutgers Camden Law School from 1971‐1972 and Rutgers Graduate School of Education from 1973 to 1974. He is married to Kathleen Wilson and the couple has two adult children, a son Christopher and a daughter Erin.

A key figure in the bottling industry, Mr. Wilson most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Skinny Nutritional Corporation from December 2008 until June 30, 2010. Mr. Wilson served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Coca‐Cola Bottling Company and was instrumental in the soft drink industry for over 38 years. He retired as President and Chief Operations Officer of the Philadelphia Coca Cola Bottling Company in November of 2006 after 29 years with the company.

As the current Chair of the Rutgers University Board of Overseers, Mr. Wilson is dedicated to serving the needs of the University. Mr. Wilson, and his wife, Kathleen, have established the Ron and Kathy Wilson Scholarship and are generous donors to other causes within the University such as the Scarlet R Fund as well as the Philadelphia Coca‐ Cola Bottling Scholarship. Mr. Wilson also serves as an Advisor to the Rutgers School of Business in Camden.

Mr. Wilson has been involved in a number of associations during his tenure in the soft drink industry. He has served as the President of the Coca‐Cola Bottler’s Association; he has been a Member of the Medical Advisory Board of Skinny Nutritional Corporation since 2008 and served as Director of Skinny Nutritional Corporation until July of 2010. An active member of the community, some of Mr. Wilson’s past civic memberships included serving as a board member of the Philadelphia Youth Network, Tug McGraw Foundation, United Negro College Fund as well as the Coca‐ Cola Scholars Foundation.

As a result of Mr. Wilson’s business and civic endeavors he has been the recipient of numerous awards. He currently resides in Spring Lake with his wife, Kathleen.

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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Fall 2020 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, May 25, 2020. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled.

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.

Requirements

Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require

  1. completed application form (submitted online and found elsewhere on this website),
  2. a personal essay, and
  3. two letters of recommendation (one academic; one other).

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  Have sophomore standing or above and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are rquired to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occur primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

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