DRi congratulates Lieutenant General Robert Ruark and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for General Ruark’s appointment as MCSF CEO. A 36 year veteran of the Marines, General Ruark will continue his commitment to Marines and their families for the foreseeable future.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established in 1962 to honor Marines by educating their children. MCSF is the oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, and the only scholarship program awarding 100% of all eligible applicants. In its over 50 year history, it has awarded more than 40,000 scholarships valued at nearly $120 million.
The next MCSF CEO would have to be just as innovative as he/she was dedicated. In the next decade alone, more than 100,000 children of Marines will graduate high school, and face ever-increasing costs of higher education. Applicants have grown more than 5% every year for the past decade, and a potential application growth rate of 7% is expected over the next 5 years. To meet this growing need, the next MCSF CEO would have to lead the development, communications, and events team in marshaling support from every possible opportunity.
From many qualified and impressive candidates, General Ruark emerged as the candidate who’s leadership, innovation, and passion would expertly guide the Foundation during this critical time. He most recently served as the Military Director to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this role, he oversaw a global staff of over 32,000 civilians, military personnel, and contractors. This role, along with General Ruark’s service as Director of Logistics for the Joint Staff and US Central Command, gave him an unmatched mastery of operational functions that the MCSF CEO would need to provide overall strategic guidance to the Foundation’s staff and finances. General Ruark received his B.S. from Miami University and his Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps University.
DRi was proud to work with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and is eager to see the impact that General Ruark and the Foundation have on military families across the country.
After an extensive search, DRi is pleased to announce Joyce MacDonald as Greater Public’s President and CEO.
Greater Public provides national leadership in the development of innovative business practices that help communities sustain high-quality public media. With over 250 public media members, it is poised to play a leading role in fostering the sector’s creative response to rapid industry changes—including but not limited to threats of federal funding reductions, the sale of university radio stations, and shifts in demographic media usage patterns.
Joyce replaces longtime Greater Public President Doug Eichten, who led the organization for over two decades. After working in tandem with Mr. Eichten, Joyce fully assumed her President and CEO duties on May 15th. Working from a strong foundation, as Greater Public’s President Joyce will lead the network in creating and evolving innovative financial models for nonprofit media stations, and continue Greater Public’s reputation as a pioneer of new methods in the sector.
DRi identified Joyce as a passionate advocate for public media, as her career in the sector spans more than 18 years. Paul Jacobs, Greater Public’s Board Chair, praised Joyce’s experience, versatility, and understanding of the sector’s obstacles. Before moving to Greater Public, Joyce served in a number of rolls at NPR, advancing to be the CEO of National Public Media and serving as Interim President. She possessed invaluable experience in communicating with network affiliates that would be critical to the success of Greater Public’s President. Joyce was serving as the Vice President of Journalism for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting when DRi identified her as a perfect fit for Greater Public’s needs. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Stonehill College before receiving her M.S. in Broadcast Administration from Boston University’s College of Communication.
DRi looks forward to seeing all the accomplishments that Joyce and Greater Public accomplishes together.
DRi is delighted to announce the placement of Kimberly Churches as the new AAUW CEO.
AAUW and DRi worked together this year on a leadership transition designed to expand AAUW’s non-partisan member engagement and advocacy in an increasingly polarized and inequitable socio-economic environment.
A grassroots organization with members in every Congressional district in the U.S., AAUW enjoys a deeply embedded and far-reaching strength that can marshal resources at the local, regional, and national levels to build problem-solving communities around women’s most pressing needs. While this strength has been the backbone of long-lasting networks among AAUW’s long-time members, AAUW has also been at the forefront of program development for a next generation of women who enjoy a wealth of new opportunities but also confront persistent challenges to their ability to take advantage of them. As the new AAUW CEO, Kimberly Churches will lead AAUW’s efforts to build inclusive communities that meet these challenges.
Kimberly comes to AAUW from the Brookings Institution, where as Managing Director she strategically guided the public policy organization, providing vision and problem-solving skills, expansive partnership-building and external relations, and fundraising. Before joining Brookings, Kimberly served as Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Denver, Director of Development at the University of North Florida, and Division Director at the American Heart Association. She has extensive experience working collaboratively on education (K–12 and higher education) as well as capacity building among grassroots groups and national and international nonprofits. Kimberly earned her BA at Florida State University in English Education and the Certified Fund Raising Executive affiliation in 2002.
DRiWaterstone looks forward to hearing about the great work that Kim and AAUW do together in the coming years.