Associate Dean of Administration and Planning
Kathleen Ruiz joined the LMU School of Film & Television family as Associate Dean of Planning & Administration in December 2018 after nearly 8 years at Marymount California University, where she most recently served as CFO overseeing the university's financial operations and long term financial planning. A seasoned finance executive, Ruiz was named CFO of the Year 2017 by Los Angeles Business Journal for her accomplishments in non-profit higher education.
A native of Michigan with both a BA in Accounting and an MBA from Michigan State University, Ruiz grew up as the 9th of 10 children and began her career in the Chicago office of Ernst & Young. She initially made the move to the West Coast in 1990 for a position with The Walt Disney Company and has been enjoying the sunny winters ever since. Ruiz has also held increasingly responsible roles at Boeing Satellite Systems and as a financial consultant with her own firm KR Financial, where she served as acting CFO for a diverse range of small and medium sized businesses. Ruiz has also participated as a panelist and speaker at a variety of national finance conferences and events, sharing her own unique insights on challenges facing the industry.
When not at the office Ruiz is passionate about fitness, active in both CrossFit and strength training, and loves helping others achieve their own fitness goals.