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Marietta College OKs Ruud contract extension

The Marietta College Board of Trustees has extended the contract of President William N. Ruud for three years through June 30, 2025. Ruud was hired in 2016. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — The Marietta College Board of Trustees has extended the contract of the college president.

For the second time in his tenure, the board unanimously approved to extend William N. Ruud’s contract through June 30, 2025, an additional three years. Ruud was hired in 2016 and received a two-year extension in 2018 that runs through June 30, 2022.

Ruud is the 19th president of Marietta College since the college was founded in 1835. Prior to joining Marietta, Ruud was president at the University of Northern Iowa for three years and president at Shippensburg (Pa.) University for six years.

“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for its confidence and support of the college and of me,” Ruud said.

“I also want to thank our amazing students, alumni, faculty and staff for the outstanding success we have enjoyed and for continuing to move this great institution forward,” he said. “We have a lot to be proud of, and I am excited and energized to keep working for a place that is focused on advancing our life-altering academic and residential experience.”

Matt Weekley, chairman of the board, said the board is pleased with the direction of the college under Ruud’s leadership.

“…and that has never been more evident than during this challenging period for higher education,” Weekley, class of 1981, said. “In the face of a pandemic, Marietta College has risen to the challenge under President Ruud’s steadfast leadership.”

Weekley has regularly participated in the college’s COVID-19 Task Force meetings and has been keeping tabs on how other colleges and universities have managed the pandemic.

“Marietta College takes a backseat to no one in terms of developing appropriate policies and protocols in a timely manner, communicating them to all constituents, and staying nimble enough to make requisite changes as the situation dictates,” he said. “We’ve been very fortunate to have President Ruud at the helm during these times and look forward to leadership continuity for the next several years.”

Weekley said the trustees are impressed by the vision created and realized by President Ruud, including stabilizing enrollment, achieving steady increases in fundraising and creating an environment to explore new majors and robust partnerships with other institutions.

“He has also developed strong relationships within the Mid-Ohio Valley that have strengthened the college’s standing and reputation, while also expanding the institution’s reach around the state by serving on Gov. Mike DeWine’s Task Force on Testing,” Weekley said.

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