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College of Education Interim Dean Appointed

Charles P. Ruch will serve as interim dean of the College of Education, effective June 1.

Written by Leslie Cranford

Charles P. Ruch

Charles P. Ruch is the retired president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Click to Enlarge Image.

Texas Tech University announced May 14 that Charles P. Ruch will serve as interim dean of the College of Education, effective June 1. Ruch (pronounced “rook”) is the retired president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is a member of the Registry for College and University Presidents, a nonprofit organization which engages former university presidents interested in service in interim leadership roles. He will not be a candidate for the permanent dean’s position. Texas Tech Provost Bob Smith said finding an interim dean through the registry was a winning situation for the university. “Dr. Ruch brings to Texas Tech a wealth of higher education leadership experience,” said Bob Smith, Texas Tech provost. “It is a great advantage for Texas Tech to be able to draw on the resources of the registry to bring strong, proven leaders in to fill our short-term needs.” This is the second interim position Texas Tech has filled using the registry. Last week, Jon C. Strauss, president emeritus of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., was named interim dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. A national search for a permanent dean will begin in the next academic year. “We have excellent faculty and staff in the College of Education,” said President Guy Bailey. “Dr. Ruch will help us continue to move forward while we search for a replacement for Dean Sheryl Santos.” Prior to his tenure at the South Dakota School of Mines, Ruch was president of Boise State University for 10 years. He also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from College of Wooster and his master’s and doctorate from Northwestern University. He also holds a certificate from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. Ruch was appointed by President George W. Bush as a trustee of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation and by the Secretary of Energy to the National Coal Council. He has published widely and participated in numerous national higher education associations including the American Council on Education’s Task Force on Teacher Education. Santos will step down as dean of the College of Education June 1 after serving as dean since July 2003. She will take a one-year sabbatical before returning in the fall 2010 semester to a faculty position.
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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including eight doctoral degrees, twelve master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees with numerous specializations leading to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in two departments. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates and graduate programs in bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, elementary education, language literacy, and secondary education.

The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers graduate programs in counselor education, educational leadership, educational psychology, higher education, instructional technology, and special education.

All students interested in becoming teachers or pursuing graduate programs in education should visit the college Web site for further information (www.educ.ttu.edu).

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