Deborah Ruddy is a former St. Jerome Institute Board President and a parent of a freshman at SJI. She earned a BA in Political Theory at Georgetown University and both an MA and PhD at Boston College. She worked as an Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2000 to 2008. Dr. Ruddy also served as the Director of the Catholic Education Program in the Ryan Institute. From 2001-2008, she taught Catholic high school teachers and administrators in an MA program run by the Murray Institute of St. Paul Seminary.