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Retired Lieutenant, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police

Jim Ruhland

Jim Ruhland is a results-oriented professional with diverse experience in criminal justice, educational leadership, and corporate marketing. His recognized leadership, handling of synchronous projects, problem-solving, and conceptual strengths have combined to enhance his skills in building teams and managing critical complex situations simultaneously and bringing them to satisfactory conclusions within the confines of administrative objectives.


Ruhland is a retired Lieutenant in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police and a retired Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Affairs, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. He grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, completed his undergraduate work in Criminal Justice at Roanoke College, graduate work in Public Administration at Lynchburg College, Post-graduate work in Doctoral Studies in the School of Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Quantico, Virginia. Jim currently works for M. B. Kahn Construction Company, Columbia, SC as a Vice-president in the Construction Management Division.


Jim held an elected position to his local school board for the Botetourt County Public Schools for 19 years having served as chairman five times. During that time, he authored articles for School Board News, served on the State Department of Education Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Education, Chaired the Roanoke Valley Board for Low Incidence Populations, and served on the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Valley United Way. Jim has also served in positions as a public education advocate at both state and national levels, including service as President of the Virginia School Boards Association and President of the National School Boards Association.


Jim is well-respected in Virginia for his dedication to public service. In both his personal and professional lives, Jim believes in volunteerism, and to that end has worked in his local community Ruritan Club, Red Cross, Library System, Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club. He and his wife, Sherry, a retired public school teacher and administrator, are parents of two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.

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