Marietta names UNI leader Dr. William Ruud as its 19th President

judy and bill ruud

Marietta College announced today that Dr. William N. Ruud, current President at the University of Northern Iowa, will be the College’s 19th President. Dr. Ruud will succeed Dr. Joseph Bruno, whose four-year tenure at Marietta ended on May 13.

The College’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Ruud, said George Fenton, Chair of the Board. Dr. Ruud will also have the title of Professor of Management.

“Today, Marietta College selected a president with extensive experience in leadership, and who also has a demonstrated record of improving enrollment and other revenues,” Fenton said. “President-elect Ruud has consistently impressed everyone involved in the search process with his forthrightness and personality. Dr. Ruud expects to be an important catalyst for improvement across campus.”

In his three years at Northern Iowa, Dr. Ruud has been part of a positive trend that has seen enrollment improve to 12,300 students — while experiencing increases in freshman, sophomore, junior, graduate, transfer, international and underrepresented minority students. Fundraising at UNI was also on the upswing with more than $50 million since his arrival.

“Dr. Ruud is the ideal choice as the next president of Marietta College,” said Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Grant Callery ’68. “He is a sitting president and has a proven track-record of success in regard to enrollment and fundraising. At this time, Marietta College needs a dynamic leader to navigate the challenges that all small, liberal arts colleges face in the nation. The Board and the search committee are excited that Dr. Ruud is enthusiastic about joining the Marietta College family.”

Marietta will be Ruud’s third presidency, as he was the 15th president at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania from 2007-13. During his time at Shippensburg, Ruud implemented a facilities master plan in connection with the university’s strategic plan and led the university’s development of an Academic Master Plan.

“After my visit and contact with so many great people, I realized what a special place Marietta College is and can be,” Dr. Ruud said. “ ‘The Marietta Effect’ is more than alive, it’s thriving. Judy and I both felt it the moment we arrived. It’s exciting, progressive, challenging and serves students well as they become ready for what’s next in their lives. I can’t wait to become 110 percent engaged with the College, community and region.”

Dr. Ruud earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Hospital Administration from the University of North Dakota. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/Management from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Dr. Ruud is also a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving as an Armor and Adjutant General officer from 1978-81.

Dr. Ruud is honored that he has been able to serve in a variety of leadership roles at colleges and universities across the U.S. He began his academic career teaching business courses at Northwestern Louisiana State University in 1978. From 1979-81, he conducted his research in leadership assessment at the U.S. Army Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; he also taught management theory and organizational behavior courses at Central Michigan University from 1980-81. From 1981-93, Dr. Ruud taught management, organizational behavior, strategy, policy and ethics courses at the University of Toledo, and was awarded tenure in 1987. He 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 at Toledo.

In 1993, Dr. Ruud was appointed Dean of the College of Business & Economics and hired as a tenured Professor of Management at Boise State University. He was promoted in 1998 to Vice President for Institutional Advancement. At Boise State, Dr. Ruud was selected as Administrator of the Year, served as the president of Boise Industrial Foundation, completed a $12.5 million campaign for a new engineering facility, established faculty fellowships and created endowments to support student research.

Dr. Ruud and his wife of 39 years, Judy, are looking forward to moving into the President’s House with their cockapoo, Fuzzy. Judy, an attorney, started her private practice with Eastman & Smith in Toledo Ohio, and currently teaches Business Law and a related class at the University of Northern Iowa.

“I’d like to thank the search committee, the Board of Trustees, and everyone at Marietta College and in Marietta that made our visit so meaningful,” Dr. Ruud said. “Judy and I are truly grateful for the opportunity to become part of such a wonderful College and community.”

Marietta College officials conducted a national search and received more than 100 applications. Nominations were solicited from the College’s family and friends, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, supporters, community and business leaders, and civic leaders. The search committee held multiple outreach forums with the leaders of these various groups to gain insight into the qualities and characteristics they needed to seek in the next president, as well as opportunities and challenges facing the future of Marietta College.

The search committee worked with search consultants R.H. Perry & Associates to conduct a successful search process.

“Grant and I want to thank everyone who served on the search committee, and our partners at R.H. Perry,” said Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Barbara Perry Fitzgerald ’73. “We were working under a condensed timeframe, but the committee members were diligent in reviewing all applicants and we believe we found the best fit for Marietta College. I also want to thank the Search Advisory Committee — a cross section of faculty, staff and students — who provided the search committee with invaluable insight after meeting with each of the candidates.”

Dr. Ruud will begin his Marietta presidency on July 3, and Tim Cooper ’73 will serve as interim President until his arrival.