Marietta College Cabinet
Dr. William N. Ruud
Dept: Office of the President
Year appointed: 2016
Dr. William N. Ruud is among the nation’s most prominent leaders in higher education after revitalizing two campuses in Iowa and Pennsylvania. On July 3, 2016, Ruud became Marietta College’s 19th President.
President Ruud established his leadership goals early on and they include putting students and their experience at Marietta first, as well as establishing the brand recognition of Marietta College as one of the top contemporary liberal arts institutions in the region.
Born in North Dakota, Ruud graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Public Administration and Hospital Administration, and earned an MBA and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. President Ruud also served in the U.S. Army as an Armor and Adjutant General officer from 1978-81.
Prior to joining Marietta, Ruud served as the 10th President of Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls, Iowa, from 2013 to 2016. During his three years at UNI, the institution reversed a downward enrollment trend and experienced increased donations in excess of $50 million.
Marietta is Ruud’s third presidency, as he was the 15th president at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania from 2007-13. During his time at Shippensburg, Ruud implemented a facilities master plan in connection with the university’s strategic plan and led the university’s development of an Academic Master Plan. President Ruud has assisted in a variety of leadership capacities at colleges and universities across the U.S. He has used his wealth of experience to lead universities to academic excellence and achievement, as well as ensure they fulfill their essential role in the region and state. He began his academic career teaching business courses at Northwestern Louisiana State University in 1978. From 1979- 81, he conducted his research in leadership assessment at the U.S. Army Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; he also taught management theory and organizational behavior courses at Central Michigan University from 1980-81. From 1981-93, Ruud taught management, organizational behavior, strategy, policy, and ethics courses at the University of Toledo, and was awarded tenure in 1987. He served as an Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, coordinated the MBA program as an Associate Dean, served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Director of the University Honors Program and eventually served as Interim Dean of the College of Business Administration while at Toledo. In 1993, President Ruud was appointed Dean of the College of Business & Economics and Professor of Management at Boise State University. He was then promoted in 1998 to Vice President for Institutional Advancement. At Boise State, he led a successful a $12.5 million campaign for a new engineering facility, established faculty fellowships and created endowments to support student research.
From 2000-03, he took leave as an Executive-in-Residence and served as the Chief Education Policy Advisor for Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. He worked with the State Department of Education and State Board of Education on all pre-K through higher education issues. In 2004, Ruud was named Vice President for Development/University Relations and Professor of Management at California State University, Stanislaus. He achieved record fundraising levels, doubled membership in the alumni association, raised more than $10 million for student scholarships and increased community partnerships.
He continues to conduct research on institutional leadership and organizational behavior topics.
Ruud and his wife of 40 years, Judy, reside in the President’s House with their cockapoo, Fuzzy.
Janet L. Bland
Title: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Phone: (740) 376-4741
Education: Ph.D. in Creative Writing, University of Denver, 2001; Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing, Temple University, 1994; Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing Emphasis, University of Washington, 1987.
Research Interests: Creative Writing, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Fiction, (Post Modernist, Women’s, Non-western), Narratology, Post-structuralism, and Cultural Studies
Recent Publications: Selected publications include a writing textbook The Civil Mind (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006); a short story collection, A Fish Full of River (Ghost Road Press, 2006); and "The Possum: Teaching Creativity" (Teachers and Writers, 2012)
Courses (Fall 2014): Representations of Technology in Film and Literature and Self-Expression: Reading and Writing Memoir
Courses (Spring 2015): Introduction to Creative Writing and College Composition
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
A lot of writing, and reading, and an engaged exploration of the creative process.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
I really enjoy the process of insightful discover that we explore together, as students begin to think of themselves as creative people.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy travel, spending time with family, going to movies, all sorts of music, and I am quite a bad guitar player.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I want to read good fiction — with engaging characters and a compelling narrative voice. I don’t really care if this sort of writing arrives in paperback, hardback, on my Kindle, or on my iPad — I read all forms.
What is your favorite location on campus and why? I really like the lower level of the library, just outside of Special Collections. It’s peaceful and there are comfy chairs.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
A native of Seattle, Dr. Bland joined the Marietta College faculty in 2005, after serving as
the Director of First Year English at the University of Denver. At Marietta she helped
develop the Creative Writing Concentration in the English Department and taught for
many years in the Honors program. After serving as a McCoy Associate Professor,
Division Coordinator for Arts and Humanities, and Associate Dean for Accreditation, she
was appointed Provost and Dean of the Faculty in July 2015.
Dr. Bland's research interests include Creative Writing, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Fiction, (Post Modernist, Women’s, Non-western), Narratology, Poststructuralism, and Cultural Studies. An award winning teacher and writer, her publications include a writing and civic engagement textbook; a short story collection; and other short stories and essays on topics including creativity, the first year experience, and campus engagement in accreditation.
Dr. Bland and her partner Elinor have two adult sons, Mike and Jeff.
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Degrees: Master of General Administration (University of Maryland) 1984, Bachelor of Science (Juniata College), 1972
Year appointed: 2001
Mr. Bryant has worked in higher education since 1974, serving in chief financial officer capacities since 1985. Mr. Bryant completed doctoral work in higher education administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City between 1985 and 1989.
Mr. Bryant began his career at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in various positions leading to Director of Business and Operations Services. From 1985-89, he served as Business Manager and Treasurer at Rockhurst College (Kansas City, Mo.). Mr. Bryant then moved to Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) where he served as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs from 1989-96.
In 1996, he returned to Washington, D.C., as Associate Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2000, Bryant traveled abroad to the Higher College of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as the Director of Finance and Administration. He returned to the United States in 2001 and assumed his current role as Vice President for Administration and Finance at Marietta College.
Mr. Bryant and his wife, Evy, are commercial-rated pilots and avid Pittsburgh Pirates fans.
Vice President for Student Life
Dept: Marietta College Cabinet
Office: 114 Andrews Hall
Degrees: Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics (The Ohio State University), M.A. in Spanish linguistics (The Ohio State University), B.S. in biological sciences (The Ohio State University)
Year appointed: 1998
Dr. Danford was born and raised in southeastern Ohio and studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. He later directed study abroad programs for Ohio State in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Toledo, Spain, and spent two years teaching English in Madrid. Before joining the faculty at Marietta College, he taught Spanish at Montclair State University (NJ) and Ohio University. During his time as a faculty member at Marietta College, he led short-term study abroad programs to Spain and Brazil and also served as director and academic advisor of study abroad. He became a tenured associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the Department of Modern Languages in 2007 and was appointed vice-president of diversity and inclusion in 2011.
His publications address histories of cultures in contact. These include co-edited translations, along with critical annotations, of a 17th century history of Jesuit missions in northern New Spain (now Mexico and the southwestern United States), as well as a 16th century catalog of cultural differences between Europeans and the Japanese written by a Jesuit missionary from Portugal who was one of the first Europeans to live for an extended period of time in Japan. He also co-edited a translation of a recent book-length study of the positions taken on slavery by Protestant missionaries from the southern United States who migrated to Brazil following the Civil War.
Director of Athletics
Degrees: Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Administration (Springfield College), Bachelor of Arts in English (Ohio Northern)
Year appointed: 2008
Mr. Hiser joined Marietta College in March of 2008. He directs all functions related to intercollegiate athletics, oversees an NCAA Division III athletics program with 18 varsity sports (nine for both men and women) and the College’s recreation center.
Prior to joining Marietta, Mr. Hiser was the Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., from 1995-2008. He played a critical role in transforming Endicott College from a two-year, women's college to a selective, co-educational four-year college. Under his watch the Gulls won 37 conference championships and participated in 47 NCAA or ECAC tournaments. Endicott also successfully launched new programs for equestrian, lacrosse and football, while improving the facilities that now rank among the finest in New England.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Northern University in 1987, where he was an all-conference shortstop on the Polar Bears baseball team. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was a graduate assistant. He joined Endicott College in the fall of 1994 as the Gulls first baseball coach.
The Oregon, Ohio, native is married to the former Susan Chick. The couple has two children, Dan and Allison.
Vice President for Advancement
Office: Irvine 305
Degrees: Master of Business Administration, Ohio University, 1992; Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management, Ohio University, 1987
Year appointed: 2007, 2014 (current position)
Mrs. Anderson, who has almost 20 years of experience in the academic world in addition to 10 years of experience in corporate human resources, joined Marietta College in July 2007 as a major gifts officer. She has held various roles in the Development division of Advancement managing major and annual giving, and Advancement Services including donor relations, events and stewardship. She was appointed Interim Vice President in August 2014.
Prior to joining Marietta College, Mrs. Anderson was the assistant dean of career resources and director of corporate leadership fellow program at Ohio University’s College of Business. During her time at Ohio, she revived the College of Business Internship Program and increased student participation in the program by more than 400 percent. She also originated the College of Business Internship Fair, hosting between 25 and 45 companies and hundreds of students over the years. In addition to the fair, she coordinated alumni events in various cities, including Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and New York City.
Mrs. Anderson also served as an instructor of human resource management and professional communications at Ohio University. She instructed juniors and seniors on relevant human resource topics, such as Equal Employment Opportunity, affirmative action, labor relations and union history.
Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Jeffrey, reside in Athens, Ohio, with their two children, Reed and Hannah.