December 3, 2019

Chris Ruhl appointed Purdue CFO and treasurer

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced Tuesday (Dec. 3), that Chris Ruhl will be the university’s next treasurer and chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1. The appointment is subject to final ratification by Purdue’s Board of Trustees, expected Friday (Dec. 6).

As treasurer and CFO, Ruhl will be charged with managing the university’s budget of more than $2 billion and overseeing all financial affairs, business services, human resource services and internal audit functions. He will report directly to Daniels and the board and serve on the university’s executive leadership team. Ruhl will succeed Bill Sullivan, who has served in the position since 2014 and announced in June his retirement effective at the end of 2019.

 “Chris’s performance over the past two years has validated his readiness for this vital position,” Daniels said. “His commitment and dedication to this university make him the ideal choice for this role, and I look forward to continuing to work with him during what will certainly be a seamless transition.”

Ruhl has served as senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Purdue University and CFO for Purdue Global since July 2017. He came to Purdue from Ivy Tech Community College, where he was CFO and general counsel. Ruhl also served as director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget (OMB), director of the Indiana State Budget Agency, and policy director and general counsel for the Indiana OMB under then Gov. Daniels. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Valparaiso University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business. 

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