New director of continuing professional education: Joy Ruzek

On Dec. 21 Joy Ruzek joined the staff of Outreach and Extension in the Division of Outreach and Adult Access as director of continuing professional education. She succeeds Barbara McClure-Lukens, who retired earlier this year. Ruzek had been director of outreach for Silver Lake College since 1998.  Before that, she was executive manager of Ponderosa Incorporated in Manitowoc for 13 years. In addition, until recently, she and her husband were small business owners of Ruzek’s Incorporated, a towing company in Manitowoc. She is described as a “seasoned programmer with extensive experience collaborating with faculty and community partners, assessing needs, and designing and delivering continuing education programs to enhance professional and personal growth for both adult and youth populations.”  She holds a bachelor’s in business from Silver Lake College and a master’s in counseling in higher education from Lakeland College, Sheboygan.  Her outside interests include attending sporting events (the Ruzeks have Packer season tickets on the 50-yard line and her son will be playing for the Green Bay Bullfrogs this summer), volunteering, family and outdoor activities.