Jose Ruiz, Jr., Raytheon CIO, appointed to Community College of Aurora Foundation board

 The Community College of Aurora Foundation (CCAF) Board has appointed Jose Ruiz, Jr., to its board of directors.

Ruiz is vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Raytheon Information and Intelligence Systems (IIS). As CIO, Ruiz is responsible for the Information Technology strategy, functions, processes and people within the IIS business.

Ruiz has also served at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, where he was director of technology, investments and business development and chief information officer for Northrop Grumman’s Missile Defense Agency enterprise-wide information systems initiative. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2001, Ruiz served as senior program manager and systems engineer for L3 Communications, where he led several technology and business improvement projects, including the Y2K program, for several customers.

Ruiz began his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as Executive Officer, Acquisitions Officer and program manager. Ruiz holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a master of science in information technology management from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He also holds various certifications in management and IT, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

“The board and I are pleased to welcome Mr. Ruiz to our organization,” said Diana Whye, CCAF’s Executive Director. “We will benefit greatly from his expertise, particularly in the areas of technology and business development.”

CCAF provides financial support to CCA and its students through fundraising, and serves to build public and business awareness of the college and its benefits to the eastern metro area. Last year CCAF completed a successful $1.4 million capital campaign to complete Phase 1 of its Lowry Expansion Initiative, and to date has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships to CCA students and faculty.

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