Marietta College president to address 2019 WSCC graduates

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The president of Marietta College will deliver commencement remarks to the 2019 graduating class of Washington State Community College on Saturday.

Dr. William Ruud will speak at the school's commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. at the Marietta College Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

“I have enjoyed working with Dr. Ruud to strengthen our partnership and expand higher education opportunities for more people in our community,” WSCC President Dr. Vicky Wood said. “He shares my passion for providing college access to all and strengthening our community through education.”

Last year, WSCC and Marietta College launched WSCC2MC, a dual-admission agreement that provides students with a high quality, affordable option to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“This partnership is changing lives,” Wood said. “With the collaborative work we are doing and the plans we have for the future to advance higher education in the Mid-Ohio Valley, I thought it was fitting to include Dr. Ruud in our 46th commencement.”

A North Dakota native, Ruud began his academic career teaching business courses at Northwestern Louisiana State University in 1978. From 1978-81 he served in the U.S. Army as an Armor and Adjutant General Officer and conducted research in leadership assessment at the U.S. Army Research Institute in Washington, D.C.

From 1981-93, Ruud taught at the University of Toledo and served as an Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, coordinated the MBA program as an Associate Dean, served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Director of the University Honors Program and eventually served as Interim Dean of the College of Business Administration.

In 1993, Ruud was appointed Dean of the College of Business and Economics and Professor of Management at Boise State University before being promoted to Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 1998. While at Boise State, he led a successful $12.5 million campaign for a new engineering facility, established faculty fellowships and created endowments to support student research.

During his presidency from 2007-13, Ruud revitalized Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. While serving as the 10th President of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, from 2013 to 2016, Ruud reversed a downward enrollment trend and experienced increased donations of more than $50 million.

On July 3, 2016, Ruud accepted his third presidency at Marietta College, becoming the institution’s 19th president. As one of the nation’s most prominent leaders in higher education, Ruud has assisted in a variety of leadership capacities at colleges and universities across the U.S. He has used his wealth of experience to lead universities to academic excellence and achievement, as well as ensure they fulfill their essential role in the region and state.

For more than 45 years, Washington State Community College has provided residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley the opportunity to realize dreams, to enhance skills, and to broaden understanding. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to move your life in a new direction, Washington State has the classes to suit your needs.

For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716.