Ruth A. Johnston

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Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff, University Strategy Management, Planning & Budgeting
Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability; Business Diversity Program;Organizational Excellence

Ruth Johnston works at the University of Washington as Associate Vice Provost and Chief of Staff. In these roles, Ruth serves as Chief of Staff for Planning & Management, and leads and facilitates UW's Organizational Excellence, working across the university leading and facilitating strategic planning, process improvements (using Lean and other technologies), developing leaders and staff, creating metrics and measuring performance, and helping to manage change. She is also responsible for the UW’s Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office and for the UW’s Business Diversity Program. Her Ph.D. is in Organization Development and Higher Education. She teaches a variety of classes and workshops, and consults with higher education institutions and associations and some federal agencies. Ruth serves on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and is active with the National and Western Association of College and University Business Officers and the Institute for Student Services Professionals. In Ruth’s career at the UW, she has worked in Student Life, Continuing Education, Human Resources, Financial Management, Finance & Facilities, Office of the Provost, and Planning & Budgeting. Ruth recently was awarded the 2014 NACUBO Professional Development Award.

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