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Meet Our 2013 Commencement Speaker: Dr. Richard Ruble

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Richard RubleThis Saturday, 101 Degree Completion students will graduate from John Brown University. As they mark that milestone with family and friends in the Cathedral of the Ozarks, they’ll hear remarks from one of their favorite professors, Dr. Richard Ruble – the spring 2013 JBU commencement speaker.

When Ruble began working at John Brown University in 1963, he expected Siloam Springs to be a temporary home. Now, 50 years later, he’s celebrating five decades of service to JBU.

“I had two offers that year – one from JBU and one from a university in New York City. I knew people in Siloam Springs, and I’m from the south, so I accepted that position,” Ruble said. “I really thought the job would be a stepping stone, but I loved Siloam Springs and JBU, so I’m still here, 50 years later.”

During his tenure, Ruble served as a faculty member in the psychology and Bible divisions before accepting the role of vice president for academic affairs. Now he teaches Bible and ethics courses in JBU’s Degree Completion Program.

“In my 50 years at JBU, its mission hasn’t changed,” Ruble said. “The university has continued to focus on ‘Christ Over All’ and its dedication to providing a quality Christian education to all students.”

After seeing John Brown, Jr.’s photo on the cover of a magazine as the nation’s youngest college president, Ruble found himself working closely with the Chancellor as JBU’s vice president for academic affairs. “He was such a wonderful president,” Ruble said. “And so was his son, John E. Brown. I was honored to work for both of those great, Godly men.”

After serving as John E. Brown’s first professor at JBU, Ruble became one of his most valued colleagues.

“Richard Ruble was first my teacher while attending JBU, then became a colleague, friend, and trusted advisor during my tenure as president,” John E. Brown, president emeritus, said. “While serving as vice president for academic affairs, his theological training and great insight into the academic process of the university was invaluable to me as I tried to grow into the responsibilities of leadership at JBU. Richard's faithfulness to God and to JBU for the past 50 years are an exceptional example to all of us who would seek to serve Christ and His kingdom in Christian higher education.”

Ruble has taught more than 10,000 students during his tenure. “In my 50 years at JBU, its mission hasn’t changed,” Ruble said. “The university has continued to focus on ‘Christ Over All’ and its dedication to providing a quality Christian education to all students. Working at JBU has truly been a joy.”

Spring commencement for Graduate and Degree Completion is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the JBU main campus in Siloam Springs. More information is available via

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