Bill Ruud installed as UNI's 10th president
William N. Ruud was installed as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa during a ceremony at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Oct. 4.
Representatives of invited colleges and universities, faculty and staff from UNI and the president's party led the procession that signaled the beginning of installation. The presentation of colors was led by UNI's ROTC Color Guard and Rhys Talbot, a senior majoring in music performance, sang the National Anthem.
President Ruud gives his installation address during his installation ceremony at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Oct. 4.
The ceremony consisted of greetings from UNI faculty, staff, students and community members, including:
- Tom Madsen, president of the Northern Iowa Student Government
- Julee Jacobson, president of the Supervisory & Confidential Council
- Jeffrey Funderburk, chair of the faculty
- Justin Bierman, chair of the UNI Alumni Association Board of Directors
- Rose Lorenz, chair of the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees
- Bruce Rastetter, president of the Board of Regents
- Gov. Terry Branstad
- A video greeting was played for President Ruud from Rep. Bruce Braley and Sen. Charles Grassley.
Jacobson mentioned in her greeting that she knew from the beginning that President Ruud "wanted to come to UNI and wanted to be Purple for Life."
A musical interlude was performed by Jeffrey Brich, an instructor in the School of Music, and the UNI Wind Symphony.
Fred Luthans, University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and longtime friend of Bill and Judy Ruud, gave a special introduction of President Ruud.
President Ruud was installed by being presented a medallion, or a jeweled "Chain of Office" symbolizing the wearer is the leader of the institution. In his installation speech, he talked about adapting to change and shared his four main goals for UNI: recruitment efforts and focus; quality, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability; accessibility, affordability and student success; and relationships with key stakeholders.
The installation ceremony ended with musical selections by the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club and UNI Wind Symphony.