Ruhland accepts presidency at Tacoma Community College

Moraine Park Technical College District Board announced Moraine Park President Dr.
Sheila Ruhland has verbally accepted the presidency position at Tacoma Community College
in Tacoma, Wash., and will be leaving the College to
take on her new role March 9.

to Moraine Park Board President Vernon Jung, interim leadership will be named early
next year.

Ruhland joined Moraine
in July 2011, and
during this time helped the college achieve its mission of innovative
education for an evolving workforce and community.
“There have been
many challenges at both an economic level as well as legislatively, and Dr.
Ruhland has been able to meet those challenges and achieve the goals we set for
her,” said Jung. “She was very student-focused and data driven, which was a
definite plus when focusing on outcomes.” 

to Jung, Dr. Ruhland accomplished much during her tenure. Under her guidance,
the Forming Alliance to Cultivate Talent (FACT) initiative was established, student
nursing scores consistently ranked above the national average on the National
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), ground was broken on the new student
services wing for the Fond du Lac campus, the Jackson Regional Center was
opened and a revised budget input and planning process was put into place. Dr.
Ruhland also had a strong legislative background, which helped the College gain
support for the performance-based funding plan and she was able to secure
several state and federal grants. Dr. Ruhland played an integral role in a
successful year-long centennial celebration, which included the opening of a
1987 time capsule and the sealing of new time capsule. She was also instrumental
in bringing then-U.S. Labor Department Assistant Secretary for Labor and
Training Jane Oates to
for a “Connecting
Communities for a Sustainable Workforce” Centennial Summit.

            “I’m deeply grateful for the
opportunity to lead Moraine
over the last three
years,” said Dr. Ruhland. “The community at Moraine Park
has wholly embraced a philosophy of student success, which was a key goal after
I arrived. It has been both humbling and rewarding to be a part of the students’
journey here, and I am blessed that they have been a part of mine.”