TMP-Marian Names Troy Ruda ’93 as Advancement Director

Troy Ruda ’93
Photo by Leon Staab ’65

TMP-Marian is pleased to announce that Troy Ruda ’93 has accepted the position of Advancement Director. He will begin his role as the school makes its preparations for homecoming in the coming week.

In the role of Advancement Director, Ruda will be responsible for coordinating and directing the Advancement Department, Endowment Foundation and Alumni Association as well as overseeing the communications and marketing efforts for the school with the advancement staff and volunteers at the school. Ruda will serve on the Leadership Teams of both TMP-Marian and Holy Family Elementary as well as in an ex-officio capacity on the finance council. In addition he will oversee and always work to grow donor and volunteer relations.

Ruda comes back to his alma mater bringing a great depth of knowledge and diverse experience in public relations, marketing, communications, event planning, design and customer service for large and small organizations as creative director for Scitor Corporation (now SAIC), Reston, Va. and most recently location manager/director with Horan & McConaty Funeral Homes, Denver, Colo. Since relocating back to Hays with his wife, Lisa, and their two children in 2016, Ruda has been a member of the team at Northwestern Printers.

Ruda takes pride in his ability to demonstrate and increase the value of the message through strong communication and relationship building across all demographics. Something he looks forward to being able to apply to not only TMP-Marian but also all Catholic education in Hays.

“Troy has demonstrated great ability and drive as an innovator with a vision to guide his past organizations to new levels of success. We are excited to have him use those skills for the betterment of Catholic education in western Kansas,” said TMP-Marian Principal Chad Meitner.

Located in Hays, Kan., Thomas More Prep-Marian is a Catholic school serving grades 7-12. Students come from Hays, the surrounding region, and from countries around the world. The school was founded by the Capuchin Franciscans as Hays Catholic College in 1908 and ultimately became Thomas More Prep-Marian in 1981. The school continues to serve young people in the traditions of spiritual growth, academic excellence, and leadership formation.