Ronald J. Ulrich graduated from Lehigh University in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and business administration. He earned an M.B.A. in corporate finance from New York University Graduate School of Business in 1971. Ulrich is currently president and founder of Breithorn Capital, a private investment firm in New York, which serves family and client investments.
Formerly, Ulrich was founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Equinox Capital Management, LLC, which he established after 15 years with Morgan Stanley Group. At Morgan Stanley, he was cofounder of their asset management division 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 oversaw Shine Forever: The Campaign for Lehigh - the university's $500 million fundraising effort. Ulrich also served on the board's Executive and Development Committees and oversaw the University's Nominating Committee for 12 years.
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 performing arts, especially the music department. He regularly supports Zoellner Arts Center and has established two endowed chairs, the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Orchestral Studies and the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Choral Arts. In addition, he was the principal donor to the Ulrich Sports Complex, the multi-use facility on the Goodman campus dedicated to lacrosse, soccer, and field hockey. He has contributed to the renovations of the Cundey Varsity House, Grace Hall, and to Lehigh's softball and tennis facilities. He led the campaign which endowed the head football position. 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 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. They have residences in New Canaan, Connecticut and Nassau, Bahamas.
Ulrich has a number of other philanthropic interests. He is a trustee of the New York Philharmonic where he serves on the Executive and Nominating Committees and has overseen the orchestra's endowment and capital campaigns. He is an active supporter of wildlife conservation and is Chairman of the African Parks Foundation that is dedicated to saving wildlife and protecting habitat throughout sub Saharan Africa. He is a former board member of The Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, The Wildlife Conservation Society, and the New Canaan Country School.
Ulrich is on the Executive and Nominating Committee of the Lyford Cay Club, Nassau Bahamas, and has chaired the Club's Finance Committee.
Notable Achievement: The Integration of a Successful Career in Financial Services with Significant Support of Philanthropic Areas including Education, Conservation, and the Performing Arts