Ruhl returns to BU as director of development

For immediate release: Dec. 3, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is welcoming back a member of the Class of 1978 as director of development. Thomas Ruhl, of Williamsport, joins BU Monday, Dec. 7.

As BU's new director of development, Ruhl will lead fundraising efforts, such as major gifts, annual giving and planned giving. He will be involved in the strategic planning process, which includes a major upcoming fundraising campaign. He also will help to build, maintain and strengthen relationships between the university and alumni, parents and friends.

A former member and treasurer of BU's alumni board of directors, Ruhl previously was vice president for development at Lycoming College and vice president for institutional advancement at Pennsylvania College of Technology, both in Williamsport. Earlier, he was development coordinator for Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, and resident capital campaign manager for Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, in association with CCS Fundraising, Towson, Md. Most recently, Ruhl was general manager of Keystone Staffing, Montoursville.

Ruhl earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education/music from BU and completed credits toward music education certification at Bucknell University. Pursuing his musical avocation, he has served as associate director of music at First United Methodist Church, Muncy, and as a vocalist and board of directors member with the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra.

"Bloomsburg University helped to shape who I am today, and I'm excited about the opportunity to play a role in shaping the lives of current and future students," Ruhl said. "Bloomsburg has an amazing story to tell. I welcome the chance to foster relationships with individuals to strengthen their desire to support the university."

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.