Ruthie Nellis Named Chair of APLU Council

Texas Tech President's wife is chairwoman of the Council of Presidents' & Chancellors' Spouses/Partners.

Ruthie Nellis

Ruthie Nellis

Ruthie Nellis, wife of Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis, has been named chairwoman of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities' (APLU) Council of Presidents' & Chancellors' Spouses/Partners.

The council is composed of the spouses of chief executive officers at member institutions. It facilitates communication among spouses, promotes public affairs programs and projects and provides a source of advice and counsel to spouses on issues of common concern, particularly through programs at the APLU annual meeting. As chairwoman of this council, Nellis also is a member of the APLU Board of Directors.

Nellis graduated from Montana State with graduate work at Emporia State University and has been active in all the universities for which President Nellis has worked. She worked in commercialization ventures at Kansas State and was the project manager for a new library and director of the medical school library at West Virginia. At the University of Idaho she was co-head of the Operation-Education program, which allowed disabled veterans and their beneficiaries to attend the university at a low cost.

President Nellis and his wife have been married for 39 years and have two sons, Jonathan and Jason.

Those with questions about the council should contact Allison White at


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