Ronnie Stewart

Ronald P. Stewart is the Head of York Preparatory School in New York City. The winner of an open scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford University, Mr. Stewart graduated with a B.A. in 1965, a B.C.L. in 1966, and an M.A. in 1969. A Harmsworth Fellow at the Middle Temple in London, he was called to the Bar in 1966 and practiced law as a barrister. Mr. Stewart was the Junior Counsel for Charles Kray in what was then the longest criminal trial in England since 1945.

While successful as a barrister, Mr. Stewart, together with his wife Mrs. Jayme Stewart, an American teacher, elected to pursue another passion, namely, to provide an educational setting where students of all abilities could feel challenged and empowered to succeed. They set off to open a school in New York City and founded York Preparatory School in 1969 with the philosophy that a school should offer a program of superior education and should strive to instill in its students a strong sense of personal worth. To that end, Mr. Stewart has engaged with seniors every year in his Ethics class.

Mr. Stewart currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Council of Weill Cornell Hospital, the Education Update Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors for the Alexander Robertson School, the Board of the Macaulay Honors College of CUNY, and has served on a variety of educational boards. He was a regular speaker at the Klingenstein Program of Teacher’s College, Columbia. Most recently, Education Update named Mr. Stewart one of the Distinguished Leaders in Education (2015).

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart have three children. Their son, Tripp, is a veterinarian; Mallory, one of their twin daughters, was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges and Defense Policy, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance under President Barack Obama; Gillian, the other twin daughter, is a professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Math and Science at Queen’s College of the City University of New York.

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