Ronald J. Ulrich graduated from Lehigh University in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and business administration. He went on to earn an M.B.A. in corporate finance from New York University Graduate School of Business in 1971. Mr. Ulrich is currently president and founder of Breithorn Capital, a private investment firm in New York, which serves family and client investments.
Formerly, Mr. Ulrich was chairman and chief investment officer of Equinox Capital Management, LLC, which he founded following 15 years with Morgan Stanley. There, he was a managing director of Morgan Stanley Group, Inc. He co-founded Morgan Stanley Asset Management in 1976, where he oversaw investments of both individual and institutional portfolios.
Ulrich joined the Lehigh University Board of Trustees in 1993 and chaired the board from 1996-2002. Now chairman emeritus, he was the chair of Shine Forever: The Campaign for Lehigh, the university's $500 million fund-raising effort. Ulrich also serves on the board's executive and development committees.
Through his generosity, Ulrich has set a leadership example for friends and alumni of Lehigh University, focusing his philanthropy on athletics, enhancements to Lehigh's campus, and the visual and performing arts at the university. He regularly supports Zoellner Arts Center and has established two endowed chairs in the music department, the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Orchestral Studies and the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Choral Arts. He was the principal donor to the Ulrich Sports Complex, a dual-field facility, and contributed to the renovations of the Cundey Varsity House and wrestling arena in Lower Grace Hall. He also led the campaign which endowed the head football position. Additionally, he provided for the renovation of Upper Grace Hall into the Ulrich Student Center. Ulrich has also spearheaded efforts to revitalize Bethlehem's South Side.
Ulrich was awarded the Lehigh New York Club's "L-in-Life" award in 2003, which is presented to exceptional alumni who have contributed significantly to the Lehigh community. He also received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Lehigh in 2005 at commencement ceremonies.
Ulrich and his wife, Christie, have three sons, two of whom attended Lehigh.
Mr. Ulrich has a number of other interests. He is a trustee of the New York Philharmonic where he serves on the executive committee and oversees the orchestra's endowment and capital campaigns. He is an active supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society where he is involved with projects in Kenya and southern Africa that focus on endangered species. He was formerly a board member of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New Canaan Country School.
Degree: BS engineering and business administration
Notable Achievement: Founder and chairman of Equinox Capital Management Inc.