Ruff appointed to Education Achievement Authority board

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A longtime Lansing insider and former aide to ex-Gov. William Milliken has been appointed to the Education Achievement Authority board of directors, Gov. Rick Snyder’s office announced Friday.

Craig Ruff of Okemos also was appointed to the EAA board’s executive committee, said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. He most recently served as Snyder’s special adviser for education.

“Craig has enjoyed a remarkable and distinguished career in public service and in shaping public policy,” Calley said in a statement Friday. “He already has worked closely with the EAA and is dedicated to making sure that all children in our state are provided an opportunity to have an education that will lead to careers or college and a lifetime of learning.”

Created in 2011, the EAA is a statewide school system for failing schools with 12 direct-run and three charter schools in Detroit, all former Detroit Public Schools.

The district has faced controversy over funding problems and a sharp enrollment drop after its first school year, 2012-13.

Ruff spent 30 years at Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants, a policy research firm. He was the firm’s president from 1986 to 2005. Before that, he was special assistant for human services to Milliken and then chief of staff to Lt. Gov. James H. Brickley.

Ruff earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. He succeeds Mark Murray, whose term expired. Murray is president of Meijer Inc. in Grand Rapids.

“Mark has made tremendous contributions and his expertise was invaluable as the EAA was launched,” Calley said.

Ruff’s term on the EAA board is at the pleasure of the governor. His term on the executive committee expires Aug. 8, 2018.

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