Ronald P. Corbett, Jr. served as Acting Commissioner of Probation in Massachusetts from 2010-2013. Prior service included the positions of Executive Director of the Supreme Judicial Court ( 2000-2010), Deputy Commissioner of Probation ( 1993-2000) , and various positions, beginning in 1974, in the Massachusetts Probation Service, beginning with Probation Officer. Dr. Corbett is Past President of the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) and served Project Coordinator on a national project on probation revocation for the Robina Institute of the University of Minnesota Law School from 2013-2017. Since 1985, he has been adjunct faculty University of Massachusetts/Lowell.
Dr. Corbett is a graduate of Harvard University ( A.B.) , Northeastern University ( M.S.) and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst ( Ed.D.). He has published widely, including in Federal Probation, Justice Quarterly, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and in the University of Minnesota Law Review.
Dr. Corbett has been the recipient of the President’s Award from the Massachusetts Judges Association, the Manson-Robinson Award from the New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Walter Dunbar Award from the American Probation and Parole Association, and the University of Cincinnati Award for Corrections.