The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation would like to extend a warm welcome to Amy Ruley and Mark Hensrud. Both Ruley and Hensrud have been hired in development positions for the foundation.

Ruley will begin in a new foundation position as the senior director of development for athletics. In this role, she will connect donors with opportunities to transform the lives of student-athletes through scholarships, and to support other MSUM Athletics Department areas of priority.

“I have admired the outstanding leadership President Blackhurst has been providing and the energy and enthusiasm around MSUM,” said Ruley. “I am hopeful that I can become a positive addition to an already vibrant community.”

Ruley has held senior development positions at NDSU since 2008 and was the head coach for the NDSU women’s basketball program from 1979–2008, winning five NCAA Division II national championships and achieving a 671 win and 198 loss record.

As a director of development, Hensrud ’09 (mass communications) will specialize in planned giving. His previous role of four years as a gift planner for Concordia College in Moorhead was spent raising major and planned gifts. In his new role, he will connect with and educate donors as he helps raise money for student scholarships and programs.

“It’s as though I am coming back home to a place that helped me mature into the person I am today,” Hensrud said. “I’m looking forward to connecting MSUM alumni and friends back to the university in meaningful ways. Each student, past, present and future, has a different story and experience at MSUM, and each one is important.”

The MSUM Alumni Foundation is dedicated to collaborating with the university in supporting students by raising money for academic and athletic scholarships and programs.