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OU-HCOM welcomes Ruff as new chief financial officer

(ATHENS, Ohio—May 9, 2013) The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) has hired Shelley Ruff, M.B.A., B.A., as its new chief financial officer.  

Ruff will oversee OU-HCOM’s Financial Planning and Services Unit, which includes the college’s three campuses and the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), the college’s consortium of 28 teaching hospitals and health care organizations across Ohio. She will also serve as treasurer of the CORE board. She began her duties on May 6, 2013.

“As we embark on a period of historic growth, it is critical that we have the right people in key leadership positions,” said OU-HCOM Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O. “Shelley brings to this position a wealth of experience in both finance and higher education, which will prove invaluable as we shape the future of medical education through the college and its two new extension campuses.”

Ruff’s background includes work in banking, financial management and operations, and information technology planning and management. She has held positions in corporate and higher education environments.

Since 2001, Ruff has served in various positions at Ohio University, most recently as director of Academic Information Solutions and program director of the Rufus Initiative. A multi-faceted program, the Rufus Initiative was established to modernize, streamline and advance the university’s information technology infrastructure. The program encompasses several distinct and related projects, including the implementations of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, Identity Management, University Portal, and Enterprise Data Warehouse and Reporting.

Previously, she directed OU’s Application and Information Solutions department, where she created the first recognized technology portfolio management office at the university. While at OU, Ruff also served as assistant vice president for finance, as an adjunct faculty member in the Russ College of Engineering and as project and process improvement manager for the Electronic Document Management Systems department.

Prior to coming to OU, Ruff was employed with Columbus-based American Electric Power, Hocking College as well as a bank in Logan, Ohio.

Ruff holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems from OU, and an associate’s degree from Hocking College.

Ruff replaces Kathy Brooks who is serving as executive director overseeing the implementation of the historic $105 million gift from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations that the college received in 2011.

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