Five notable leaders have accepted appointments to the William Woods University Board of Trustees. Amable Cruz Aguiluz IV, Ann Kitchell Denk and Brandon Elliot Grossman are the newest members. Donald B. Ruthenberg and John A. Schiffman have been named honorary members.
“In the 20 years I have served as president of this university, we have had the opportunity to work with some dynamic, supportive trustees,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said. “These new members promise to add special insight and expertise to the board, and I am looking forward to collaborating with them as we continue the innovation for which William Woods has become known.”
Aguiluz, who is from the Philippines, serves as the president of ACA Group of Companies, and is the first president of AMA Education System. AMA Computer University, the first and largest internet computer technology university in Asia, is now a global university with 200 campuses and learning centers worldwide and 250,000 students. Aguiluz was awarded the prestigious and highly respected AGORA Award for Entrepreneurship in 2001 by the Philippine Marketing Association.
Denk is a 1974 graduate of William Woods. She resides in Phoenix, Ariz., and is an active community volunteer in Phoenix and Newport Beach, Calif. Denk has raised funds for the Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, Steele Children’s Research Center, notMYkid.org and the Arizona Kidney Foundation. She has held board positions with the Board of Visitors, Desert Foundation Auxiliary and is a past president of the Junior League of Phoenix. Her husband, Greg, is a retired general contractor.
Grossman was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States at the age of 7. HeGrossman sits as a fifth generation member on the board of his family business, Grupo Continental, which produces and distributes Coca-Cola products. He is preparing to move to London, England, to participate in his family holding company, Corporativo Synergetica. Grossman follows his father and grandfather as the third generation to serve on the WWU Board of Trustees.
Ruthenberg is a consultant with institutions in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East in areas of English language development, student recruitment and faculty exchange. Best known in mid-Missouri as the former president of Columbia College, he has also served as president of Southwestern College, Iowa Colleges and Universities System, and he has received numerous honors. His wife, Janet Dee Payne, is a 1952 graduate of WWU. They live in Lake Mykee, Mo.
Schiffman, a resident of St. Louis, Mo., has strong interests in the roles of ethics and religion in moral development and has enhanced the educational opportunities for many students by his contributions to William Woods and other institutions. At WWU, he provided funds for the Weitzman Model Courtroom and Stone-Campbell Apartments. He is an honorary alumnus, recipient of the William Woods President’s Medal and a lifetime member of the President’s Club Giving Society.