Christopher A. Ruhl , JD

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Purdue University , West Lafayette , Indiana

Christopher Ruhl serves as Senior Vice President – Strategic Initiatives for Purdue University. In this role, Ruhl leads the treasury, financial planning and analysis, accounting and business management functions. Ruhl also serves as the CFO for Purdue University Global.

Prior to his position with Purdue, Ruhl served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Ivy Tech Community College. During Ruhl’s five year tenure the College’s credit rating was upgraded from AA- to AA, unrestricted net assets grew 32% and over $40 million in annual cost savings measures were implemented.

Prior to his position with Ivy Tech, Ruhl served as Director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget for Governor Mitch Daniels. As Director, Ruhl served as the state’s chief fiscal officer. The Indiana OMB centralized the financial functions of the executive branch of state government bringing eight separate state agencies and over 1,000 employees under common management.

Prior to his role as Director of the Indiana OMB, Ruhl served as the Director of the Indiana State Budget Agency. As Director, Ruhl had responsibility for preparation and submission of the state’s $26 billion operating and capital budget.

Before his appointment as State Budget Director, Ruhl served as Policy Director and General Counsel for the Indiana OMB. In this role, Ruhl advised on tax, budget and fiscal policy matters. Key projects included the plan of finance for the $1 billion Indianapolis convention center expansion and construction of Lucas Oil Stadium, and the concession agreement authorizing the $3.8 billion lease of the Indiana Toll Road to a private operator.

Ruhl holds a degree in finance from the Broad School of Business at Michigan State University and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, cum laude. Ruhl resides in Zionsville with his wife and three children.

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