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Kenneth P. Ruscio to become VFIC president in 2017

washington and leeThe Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges announced Wednesday that Kenneth P. Ruscio, the president of Washington and Lee University, will become the next president of VFIC on April 1, 2017.

Ruscio is stepping down at Washington and Lee’s president at the end of this calendar year and will be succeeded by William C. (Will) Dudley, provost of Williams College, who was elected by the W&L Board of Trustees on Feb. 12.

Ruscio, who will become the seventh president in the history of the VFIC, succeeds Tom Morris, who served from 2010 to 2016. At the same time, Mary-Beth Johnson, who has served VFIC as vice president for 11 years, has been named the organization’s chief operating officer.

Founded in 1952, the VFIC’s mission is to advance the distinctive values and strengths of its 15 smaller-enrollment, undergraduate, residential Virginia member colleges, including Washington and Lee. The VFIC works to secure financial support from the private sector, increase visibility for the sector, facilitate innovative and collaborative initiatives between the colleges, and support initiatives that ensure that this personalized educational experience remains an affordable choice for tomorrow’s citizen-leaders.

“We are very fortunate to have Ken as our next president,” said VFIC Board Chair Thurston Moore, “and look forward to the leadership and strategic guidance he will provide as we continue the important work and continued success of the VFIC. We have selected a strong leader for a strong organization.”

Moore added: “Mary-Beth’s new role is recognition of the contributions she has made to the organization over the last decade. Her level of responsibility in operations of the organization has increased through the years, and with her leadership we expect to have a smooth transition.”

Ruscio has served as the 26th president of Washington and Lee, his alma mater, for 10 years, and led numerous major initiatives at the Lexington school. Under Ruscio’s leadership, W&L completed a historic $542.5 million capital campaign that resulted in the renovation and restoration of the Colonnade, which comprises the university’s signature campus buildings; the creation of several new academic initiatives; the development of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity; and a significant expansion of the financial aid program, which has resulted in the removal of loans from all financial aid packages and the creation of the W&L Promise to guarantee free tuition to any admitted undergraduate student with family income of $75,000 or below.