Ron Schulz was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 2005 and has been on the board since. Previously, he served on the board as Phantom Regiment Alumni’s Association’s representative from 1999-2005.
He retired in 2014 from his position as dean of technical programs and allied health at Rock Valley College in Rockford. He is an instructor of film in the mass communications division at the college.
Ron marched as a soprano player in Phantom Regiment Cadets, Blackhawk Cadets and Forest City Rangers in 1962-68 and Phantom Regiment in 1968-74. He has been involved with the organization since his marching days, first as a visual instructor for Phantom Regiment in 1975-81 and then as an instructor and program coordinator for Phantom Regiment Cadets in 1982-85.
He was corps director for Phantom Regiment in 1986-88, a tour director in 1989-96 and then again was corps director in 1997. Ron was president of Phantom Regiment Alumni Association from 1998-2014 and has been vice president since.
Ron’s name was added to the Phantom Regiment Alumni Association’s Heritage Award in 2013.
Ron, who is a lifelong Rockford resident, serves on the Phantom Regiment board’s personnel committee as well as its hall of fame committee. His sister and a cousin also marched in Phantom Regiment.
He is a film historian and has served as president of the Rockford Film Project/Storefront Cinema. He maintains a massive library of 16mm motion picture film in his basement.
He has bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.