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District Appoints New Leader for Business Office
The Massapequa School District announces the appointment of Ryan Ruf as the assistant superintendent of business and operations, effective July 1. Mr. Ruf brings extensive experience in financial leadership as well as strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction, facilities planning, human resources and technology integration.
For the past eight years, he has worked at Eastern Suffolk BOCES serving as associate superintendent, deputy superintendent and, most recently, as chief operating officer, where he manages an annual budget of $450 million. Among his duties, Mr. Ruf serves as regional support for local school business officials, manages district security measures including leading a security committee, supervises matters related to food service, technology and transportation, and is responsible for the strategic planning process and long-range financial planning.
Before joining BOCES, Mr. Ruf was the assistant superintendent for business in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District for nine years. He has also served as business administrator in the Sag Harbor School District and assistant to the deputy superintendent for business in Cold Spring Harbor. His career began as a middle school mathematics teacher in the upstate East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District.
Mr. Ruf holds a bachelor’s degree in science in education and mathematics from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree in educational administration from SUNY Oswego and a professional diploma in school business administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post. He belongs to several professional organizations including the New York State Council of School Superintendents and the New York State Association of School Business Officials, of which he is vice president of the Suffolk County chapter.
On coming to Massapequa, Mr. Ruf said he is enthusiastic about returning to a financial leadership position in a public school district. He strives to put students first through outstanding educational programs while simultaneously developing fiscally responsible budgets.
“Following an extensive search by the invaluable District Wise Search Consultants, who brought us many highly qualified candidates, the board of education agreed that Mr. Ruf was the best candidate to lead our business office. We pride ourselves on offering students a superior education at a cost below the Nassau County per-pupil average. Mr. Ruf’s experience and knowledge will assist us in continuing to offer a well-rounded educational experience while remaining fiscally secure.”
Added Superintendent Dr. William Brennan, “We believe in providing our students with multiple paths to success, and those opportunities are created because of well-managed financial resources. Massapequa has long excelled in this area, and Mr. Ruf’s expertise will be greatly valued as we continue to achieve that mission.”