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The President

photo of Dr. Sheila RuhlandDr. Sheila Ruhland comes to Tacoma Community College from Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where she served as president since 2011.

In March 2015, she began her tenure as TCC's 8th president.

Dr. Ruhland’s leadership is characterized by her tenacious ability to navigate complex systems, issues and challenges while “getting things done.” She holds a strong focus on outcomes verified by data-based planning and meticulously measured goals.

Prior to her last position, Dr. Ruhland served as Vice President of Instruction at Rockingham Community College in Reidsville, North Carolina and Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon; Assistant Professor in the Department of Work, Community and Family Education at the University of Minnesota; Dean of Business at Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin; Dean of Business and Marketing at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin; and as an instructor at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Ruhland holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Continuing and Vocational Education with a minor in Educational Administration, and a Master of Science degree in Continuing and Vocational Education, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Distributive Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin; and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration, Marketing-Fashion Merchandising from Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin.

She enjoys a strong relationship with her extended mid-western family and is an experienced traveler who welcomes new experiences. Theater and cultural events along with outdoor activities include walking, biking and golf along with readying mystery novels occupies her time away from work.

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