Texas Tech Names College of Education Interim Dean
May 14, 2009
A national registry aids the university in filling interim positions.
Texas Tech University announced today (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
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 Guy Bailey,
Texas Tech president. "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.
Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu
Contact: Leslie Cranford, senior editor, Office of Communications and Marketing,
Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.