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K-State Today

May 5, 2020

Chandra Ruthstrom to retire from K-State after 40 years

Submitted by David Procter

The Center for Engagement and Community Development, or CECD, announces the retirement of its project coordinator, Chandra Ruthstrom, at the end of the current fiscal year after 40 years at the university.

"I wish Chandra the very best in her retirement," said David Procter, director of CECD. "There has been no one more dedicated to the mission of CECD and, I believe, no better representative of Kansas State University than Chandra Ruthstrom."

Ruthstrom began working for K-State in 1980 when she worked for animal sciences Extension. In 1983, Ruthstrom took a position with the 4-H state office. From 1985 to 2006, Ruthstrom served as the administrative assistant in the speech communication, theatre, and dance department. In this position, Ruthstrom served as the fiscal officer and human resources representative in the department working with all the academic subunits as well as the debate and forensic programs.

In 2006, Ruthstrom was hired as the administrative assistant/project coordinator for the newly formed Center for Engagement and Community Development where she has worked with innumerable campus/community partnerships, two Carnegie applications, three campuswide engagement surveys and seven national Rural Grocery summits. She received K-State's Award of Excellence and Employee of the Year Award in 2018.

As Ruthstrom prepares to retire, she has reflected on her time at K-State.

"I'm looking forward to this new and exciting chapter in my life," Ruthstrom said. "I'm truly blessed beyond words to have worked at the Center for Engagement and Community Development. It's been a wonderful experience and one that I will never forget."

A retirement event is planned for a later time when we can gather together and celebrate Ruthstrom's service to the university and the next phase of her life.