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Brent D. Ruben, PhD

Founder and Senior University Fellow, Center for Organizational Leadership

Dr. Ruben, Distinguished Professor of Communication serves as Advisor for Strategy and Planning in the Office to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Senior University Fellow in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. Brent is also a member of faculties of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, and the Ph.D. Program in Higher Education in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Ruben’s scholarly and professional work focuses on communication processes in organizational, intercultural, health, educational, and leadership settings. Brent is author of numerous publications and more than 50 books, including: A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (2021, in press, with R. De Lisi and R. Gigliotti); Communication and Human Behavior. 7th Edition (2020, with L. Stewart), Leadership, Communication, and Social Influence: A Theory of Resonance, Activation, and Cultivation (2019, with R. Gigliotti), A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools  (2016; with R. De Lisi and R. Gigliotti); Strategic Planning in Higher Education (with S. Tromp); Understanding, Planning and Leading Change; and What Leaders Need to Know and Do.

Dr. Ruben was founder and executive director of Center for Organizational Leadership from 1993-2020, and a founder of the Department of Communication, the first director of the School of Communication and Information Ph.D. Program. He has received awards for his scholarly and professional contributions from the National Malcolm Baldrige Foundation, National Communication Association (NCA), the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the National Consortium for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI) of which he was a founder, and The Daniel Gorenstein Award from Rutgers University. He was Rutgers Inaugural Liaison to the BigTen Academic Alliance, Leadership Development Programs for five years, and continues to serve as a regular contributor to the program. Brent is also a speaker, professional advisor, and consultant in the areas of communication, leadership, organizational assessment, strategic planning, and organizational change.

Contact Information:

Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
335 George Street, Suite 2250
New Brunswick, NJ 08901- 2036
(848) 932-3968 |

Rutgers School of Communication and Information
255 Friedrich House – 192 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
(848) 932-3968 | (848) 932-7092 |

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