Lakeland Community College, Vice President Emerita of Academic Affairs (Retired)
Ruth Zollinger has over 40 years' experience in private, public, and industrial educational organizations. A graduate of Wellesley College, she holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA. As Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lakeland Community College, she was responsible for oversight of strategic planning, new program development and facilities for credit and non-credit instruction, as well as academic student support services. Previously, at Lorain County Community College, among the divisions she supervised was an Advanced Technologies Center which provided education and training to business and industry in cutting edge technologies. In the early 80s she was the Director of Education for the American Society for Metals which annually served 8000 national and international students through live, print and media formats. Active on boards, she has chaired or been president of The Chief Instructional Officers of Ohio, The Northeast Ohio Council of Higher Education Chief Academic Officers and United Way of Geauga County, OH. As a Consultant Evaluator for the North Central Association and its 19-state region, she has chaired accreditation teams at colleges including some in Arizona, and also served as a member of the Higher Learning Commission's Accreditation Review Council. She is currently a member of the University of Arizona College of Science Advisory Board and Chair of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Advisory Board.