Mr. Ruff was the first holder of the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair. As the Chair his responsibilities included teaching seminars in American government, leading public policy forums, supervising development of a journal on politics, and coordinating the collection of Michigan political documents.
Mr. Ruff attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.A. in political science, with honors, and a master's degree in public policy.
Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
Mr. Ruff has served as the president and chief executive officer of Public Sector Consultants in Lansing, Michigan. He also served as senior consultant for many of the firm's clients; supervises management of specific issues; advises on promotional, marketing, and advocacy strategies; and writes and directs research studies. Prior to becoming the President and CEO, Mr. Ruff served Public Sector Consultants as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Director of Health Care Division.
State of Michigan
Before joining Public Sector Consultants, Inc., Mr. Ruff spent eleven years in Michigan's executive office. He first served as the Special Assistant to the Governor for Human Services to Governor William G. Milliken, and then as Executive Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor James H. Brickley.
As the Special Assistant to the Governor, he served as a liaison to the departments of Public Health, Mental Health, and Social Services. Mr. Ruff also developed and coordinated programs and policies, lobbied the legislature and resolved interdepartmental conflicts.
While serving as the Executive Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Ruff advised Lt. Gov. Brinkley on policy, political, and program matters.
*Bio current in 2003 when Mr. Ruff's term ended.