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July 31, 2003
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South Dakota Tech Welcomes Dr. Charles Ruch
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology welcomed Dr. Charles Ruch to campus July 1 as the university’s 17th president. He comes to South Dakota Tech after serving as president of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
“I’m glad to be here,” Ruch said. “I’m excited to work with everyone on campus to take this wonderful university to a new level of excellence. I also look forward to working with my colleagues at other universities to find ways to enhance the educational opportunities available to students, and with community organizations and agencies that want to join with us to make Rapid City and the Black Hills even better places to live.”
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a science and engineering university in Rapid City, S.D. It offers more than 25 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
Ruch succeeds Dr. Richard Gowen, who left campus June 30 after 16 years as Tech’s president. Ruch had been president of Boise State University for 10 years. Under his leadership, the school grew into Idaho’s largest university, serving 17,000 students in a rapidly growing metropolitan area. The university’s research and development budget grew to $20 million during Ruch’s tenure.
Among many other issues, Ruch will direct his attention toward economic development. “I was very interested in the work under way here in South Dakota to link higher education and economic development,” he said. “Public higher education has much to offer by way of its research capacity and faculty expertise to South Dakota’s economic development resources.”
Ruch will also focus on new ways to collaborate with Tech’s sister institution at
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Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
“South Dakota Tech and Black Hills State have complementary missions,” Regents President Harvey C. Jewett said. “We are anxious to put Dr. Ruch’s leadership, in concert with Black Hills State President Tom Flickema, to work in this area.”
Ruch has doctorate and master’s degrees in education from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of Wooster in Ohio. Prior to his time at Boise State, Ruch served 11 years at Virginia Commonwealth University — first as an associate dean and dean, and for the remaining six years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. His first university assignments came at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a faculty member and department chair.
An active participant in regional and national higher education organizations, Ruch has chaired the Urban and Metropolitan Universities Committee for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He has also served on the presidents’ councils of the Big Sky, Big West, and Western Athletic conferences and currently serves as chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
He was actively involved in the Boise community, where he has chaired the United Way board and the Future Foundation of Boise and has served on the chamber of commerce board. He and his wife, Sally, have four grown children.
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