Ken Ruscio was elected the 26th president of Washington and Lee University in 2006. A W&L alumnus and distinguished scholar in the study of democratic theory and public policy, Dr. Ruscio served as the Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at University of Richmond for four years before assuming his present position.
Prior to his tenure at the University of Richmond, he held various positions at W&L including Professor of Politics, Associate Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, and Dean of Freshmen. He was a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1983 to 1985, and taught at both Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Kansas University.
Ruscio earned his B.A. in politics from Washington and Lee University in 1976 and earned an Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1978 and 1983, respectively.
Ruscio has authored numerous articles and essays and the book, The Leadership Dilemma in Modern Democracy (Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2004). He recently completed his second term as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society begun at W&L in 1914 that now has chapters at over 300 campuses. He has led, and served on, dozens of academic, professional, and civic committees. Most recently, President Ruscio has been named to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Full CV at bit.ly/ruscio-cv.
Ruscio is married to the former Kimberley O'Donnell of New York. They have a son, Matthew, who attends St. Lawrence University.
Colonel William J. Wanovich was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1987. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School and the Bradley Commander's Course at Fort Benning, GA, he reported to Kirchgoens, Germany. His tour included the deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Storm in January 1991. Col. Wanovich has served in various other venues, including humanitarian assistance deployment to Homestead, FL, as part of Operation Hurricane Andrew, and Iraq, where he served three tours: in 2005, as the Multi-National Corps--Iraq Secretary of the Combined Joint Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff; in 2006, as the XVIII Airborne Corps Deputy G1 for Operations and Plans; and in 2008, as the Task Force Dragon Commander providing life support and services to over 4,100 members of the Multi-National Force and Multi-National Corps Staffs.
Col. Wanovich's military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,among many others.
Col. Wanovich is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and his wife, Tina, is a native of Zanesville, OH. They have two daughters, Regan and Grace, and two stepchildren, Katie, attending Columbus State University, and Jordan, attending Ohio University.
The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III is an Episcopal priest and theologian. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, he served for 16 years in parish ministry and as Canon Missioner of the Diocese of Arkansas. In 1991, he started St. Margaret's Church in Little Rock, initially conducting services in a bargain-movie theater. In 1999, he moved with his family to New York to pursue advanced study in theology, which resulted in his receiving a Doctor of Theology degree in Anglican Studies from General Theological Seminary.
His particular interests include systematic theology, with a focus on theology and science. His dissertation, Darwin's Science in Chalcedonian Imagination: Barth, Double Agency and Theistic Evolution, explores and affirms compatibility between Christian faith and evolution.
Currently, he directs the Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret's, lecturing regularly especially on topics pertaining to religion and science. Videotaped lectures can be accessed through www.itssm.org.
Scott McClintock is from Tunica, Mississippi, and majors in politics with a minor in creative writing. After serving on the Executive Committee as a sophomore class representative, Scott was elected secretary of the student body for his junior year. In his spare time, Scott plays club lacrosse, intramural sports, hunts, and fishes.