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 retired from Public Sector Consultants where served as a senior policy fellow and, previously, president and chief executive officer. His roles included supervising management of specific issues; advising on promotional, marketing, and advocacy strategies; and writing and directing 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
Mr. Ruff served as Governor Snyder's special adviser for education from 2013-14 and 2016-17.
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.