The University of Arizona appointed Joaquin Ruiz as vice president of global environmental futures in support of the 10-year strategic plan.
Ruiz will begin serving in this new role effective Oct. 1 and will report to senior vice president for research and innovation Betsy Cantwell.
Ruiz has overseen a period of growth in quality and scale for the College of Science, and advocated for significant large-scale initiatives such as the OSIRIS-REx mission and Biosphere 2. He has been a leader in establishing and nurturing transnational agreements, drawing the university closer to its regional neighbors. In 2018, Ruiz was nominated by the Consul General at the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, and subsequently named by the government of Mexico, as one of 31 distinguished Mexican citizens living abroad who have brought distinction to the country.
“I have been blessed to work with many amazing students, faculty, staff and community members during my tenure as dean,” Ruiz said. “Now, I will be able to focus on issues of the environment and circular economies. The decisions we make today will dramatically impact life as we know it, tomorrow and well into our planet’s future. It is critically important that we pause and embrace our opportunity to make robust, data-informed decisions that will impact future generations.”