John W. Ballard II D’55 TTh’56
President/CEO, RPSI, Los Altos, CA
Board Member: Elected 1989
Chair of the Board: 1998-2007
A.B. Dartmouth College
M.S. Thayer School of Engineering
M.B.A. Tuck School of Business Administration
John Ballard is a co-founder and CEO of Radio Propagation Services, Inc., a firm which supplies real-time propagation information to specialized users of the radio spectrum on a world-wide basis. Ballard was also a co-founder of TCI International, which specializes in the design and supply of specialized radio systems; he served as CEO of TCI from 1968 to 1998.
Ballard has authored numerous technical papers and publications, and holds several patents concerning radio communications. He has served as a director of many Silicon Valley firms and as a director of the Association of Old Crows, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association and the American Business Conference.
John and his wife, Sue, live in Los Altos, CA. The couple has six children: John III, Ann, Katherine, Mary, Christine, and Cynthia. His grandson John is Dartmouth class of 2007 and grandaughter Monica is Dartmouth class of 2008. In addition to "Having Fun in Engineering," John enjoys flying, skiing, tennis, swimming, hiking and the study of history. John was named a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow in 1988, and was awarded the Robert Fletcher Award in 1998.