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November 19, 2004
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Ruch Candidate For Foundation Post
President George W. Bush intends to nominate South Dakota Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch for a spot on the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, the White House announced this week.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served the country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
Ruch is expected to be nominated for the remainder of a six-year term that expires Aug. 11, 2010, the White House said.
“I am honored that President Bush considers me qualified for this position,” Ruch said. “The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program recognizes the best and brightest of our nation’s college students, and I am honored to be associated with it. I also thank Sen. Tom Daschle for his support in making this nomination possible.”
One of the other two people Bush will nominate for the board is from South Dakota as well. Laurie Stenberg Nichols will be nominated for the remainder of a six-year term that expires March 11, 2010.
Ruch became the 17th President of South Dakota Tech in July 2003. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of Wooster (Ohio). Before joining South Dakota Tech, Ruch served as President at Boise State University for 10 years. Previously, Ruch spent 19 years at Virginia Commonwealth University, first as an associate dean and dean and as provost and vice president. His first university assignment came at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a faculty member and department chair.
An active participant in higher education organizations, Dr. Ruch has chaired the Urban and Metropolitan Universities Committee for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He also has served on the presidents’ councils of the Big Sky, Big West and Western Athletic conferences and as chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Dr. Ruch’s professional activities also include participation in the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education. Ruch has written and edited numerous articles, book reviews and book chapters and has delivered Congressional testimony.
In every community he has joined, Dr. Ruch has been active in organizations and efforts to make those communities better places to live. He has continued that effort in Rapid City, especially when it comes to economic development. In that critical area, he has prioritized using campus expertise to build an even brighter regional economic future.
Since joining Tech, Ruch also has opened lines of communication with the community through a bi-weekly e-letter, begun a strategic planning process and created numerous partnerships to improve Tech, the community, the state and the region.
Once the nomination is official, it must still be approved before Ruch takes the position.
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