Ruth B. Collins
CEO and Alumni Director
COLONEL U.S. ARMY, RETIRED
Ruth Collins is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Army War College Foundation, Inc. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky and a M.A. degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. She is a 2003 graduate of the Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Ruth completed a 30-year career in the U.S. Army as a Colonel, Adjutant General Corps, in 2004. She had served in a variety of command and staff assignments and was a fully-qualified Joint Specialty Officer. She served overseas in Thailand, Germany, and Bosnia. For four years prior to retirement, she taught on the faculty of the U.S. Army War College with the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management. At the time of her retirement, she was the holder of the George C. Marshall Chair of Military Studies. For the first four years following her retirement, she was a contract Faculty Instructor in the Department of Distance Education, U.S. Army War College. She became the Alumni Director of the Army War College in 2008, and the CEO of the Army War College Foundation in 2009.
Ruth won an Army War College Foundation writing award in 1998 for her paper “When Teams Break Down: A Study of the Active Army/National Guard Feud of 1997.” Her article, “Personnel Transformation: The Dynamics of Change” was published in the Army AL&T Magazine in July-August 2002. With three department colleagues, she published “The Road to Mentoring: Paved with Good Intentions” in Parameters, Autumn 2002, “Mapping the Route of Leadership Education: Caution Ahead” in Parameters, Autumn 2004, and Chapter 27, “Leadership Development: Beyond Traits and Competencies” in the book The Future of the Army Profession, 2d Ed. 2005. She was frequently a presenter and facilitator on leadership topics for a variety of U.S. Army War College seminars and events.