Rogue Community College (RCC) recently selected Dan Ruby as the new Executive Director of the Foundation. His appointment is effective Dec. 1, 2023. With a background in higher education and a commitment to community engagement, Ruby brings a wealth of experience to his new position.
“Dan is going to be a great addition to the RCC Foundation and college leadership team. His background in higher education provides him with a great understanding of our mission and the way RCC transforms lives,” said RCC President Randy Weber. “We’re confident his existing relationships in the valley will serve us well as we grow our efforts in helping students realize their educational goals.”
Ruby’s career began at the University of Nevada, Reno, where worked as an instructor and eventually became the Director of Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center in the College of Extended Studies. He was also the Director of K-12 Engagement and Public Outreach for the Raggio Center at the College of Education.
With a master’s degree in secondary education and a focus on connecting high school students to careers and technical education through hands-on experience, Ruby is dedicated to education. He continues to participate in space science research and is actively involved in the community, including serving on the board of the Ashland School District.
In 2018, Ruby moved to Oregon to lead ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum and in 2020, transitioned to helping with fire recovery efforts and integrated health, housing and human services as the Senior Director for Rogue Community Health.
“I’m excited to have Dan lead the Foundation into the future. I believe he has a unique set of skills that will allow us to adapt and continue to build on the Foundation’s great success of fulfilling our primary mission of supporting the needs of the college community,” said Chair of the Foundation Board Ian Foster.
Ruby says he is eager to return to higher education and support Rogue Community College’s goals of lifelong learning and regional workforce training.
“I’m ecstatic for the opportunity to join the RCC team and connect with our community in new ways as we build a better future for Southern Oregonians of all ages and backgrounds. I look forward to working with the Foundation board and College administration on realizing our shared vision to inspire, strengthen and transform our region and the people we serve,” Ruby said.