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Ruud to be installed as UNI’s 10th president, Friday, Oct. 4

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — William N. Ruud will be officially installed as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa during a 10 a.m. ceremony, Friday, Oct. 4. The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall of UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. UNI students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend. A reception will take place immediately following the installation ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed live online at www.live.uni.edu.

The ceremonial event will include live music by the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony and Varsity Men’s Glee Club, and representatives of the UNI faculty and staff will process in full academic regalia. The platform party will include student, faculty, staff and administration representatives. Bruce Rastetter, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will conduct the official installation.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, a pair of events will take place to mark the installation. A student celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Campanile Plaza. The celebration will include lunch, music and a short program. There will be a faculty, staff and community reception for Bill and Judy Ruud from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge, Commons. Students, faculty and staff are also asked to show their Panther Pride and wear purple attire on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4.

Ruud was named UNI president by the Board of Regents on Feb. 7 and assumed his duties on May 31.

For more information about installation, visit uni.edu/installation/ or contact Jan Hanish, assistant vice president for Administration and Financial Services and co-chair of the installation committee, at 319-273-2382 or jan.hanish@uni.edu.


Welcome UNI President Dr. William Ruud

As the leader of one of the largest institutional employers in the Cedar Valley, the president of UNI plays a key leadership role in the development and promotion of the Cedar Valley economy. The Alliance & Chamber looks forward to the opportunity for Cedar Valley leadership to introduce the Ruud’s to our economic and civic interests, and emphasize the importance of business/community/education collaboration.

Dr. William N. Ruud began serving as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa on May 31, 2013.  He previously served as president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania since 2007.

President Ruud, Bill, as he prefers, began his career in higher education at the University of Toledo in 1981.  He taught business and ethics courses, was selected to coordinate the MBA program, served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and was appointed Interim dean of the College of Business Administration.  In 1993, he was named dean of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University and was promoted in 1998 to Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

In 2000, Bill was selected to serve as the Chief Education Policy Advisor for the Office of Governor Dirk Kempthorne, State of Idaho.  In 2004, he was named Vice President for Development/University Relations at California State University at Stanislaus.

President Ruud has a wealth of varied leadership experiences at public universities.  He has successfully led the completion of the reaccreditation process, cultivated and developed major gifts for universities, and oversaw increases in faculty research programs and grants, student enrollment and graduation rates.  He is known for his business acumen and has consulted organizations on educational assessment and economic development issues.  He continues to conduct research on institutional leadership and organizational behavior topics.

President Ruud received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Hospital Administration from the University of North Dakota.  He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration and his Doctorate degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He has served on numerous advisory panels, governance and chamber boards, and literacy councils.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he and his wife of 36 years, Judy, reside in the UNI President’s House with their Cockapoo, Fuzzy.


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