Debbie Ruff - 25 Years
Before reading this profile, take a moment and look at your dental school surroundings. The equipment, supplies and furniture in each office, clinic and laboratory must be purchased.
The person ultimately responsible for overseeing most purchases at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry is Debbie Ruff, purchasing manager, and her team of employees in the purchasing department. Ruff is celebrating 25 years of service at HSC-BCD this year.
Ruff says she enjoys serving the HSC-BCD community, especially working closely with faculty and staff in meeting their requirements and obtaining the best value for purchases. She also enjoys connecting with various business representatives to learn about new products.
"There were lots of changes when we became a member of one of the largest state university systems," she says. "There was much to learn at first but we managed to make the necessary changes and continued to grow."
Ruff was first hired at the dental school as a clerk typist in purchasing during what she refers to as the "old typewriter years." She has always enjoyed working in Purchasing since the first day she was hired and has never wanted to change jobs.
"I have built some fond and lasting relationships over the years and have been fortunate to develop personally and professionally alongside some of the best," Ruff says.
Speaking of fond and lasting relationships, love blossomed for Ruff shortly after she began working at the college when she met Steve Ruff, a dental laboratory technician at the dental school. The couple was married soon thereafter and will celebrate 25 years of marriage this summer. Steve Ruff has now worked for HSC-BCD for the past 36 years. In their free time the two watch college football, exercise and travel.
When asked about her favorite memories Ruff recalls the annual Halloween parties on campus in the 1990s. Faculty, staff and students dressed up for the day and gathered together for a raucous luncheon, but only after parading around the various offices to see and be seen in their costumes. "It seemed like the faculty had as much fun as the students," chuckles Ruff.
In reflecting on her many years at the school, Ruff adds, "I am very happy to be here and am blessed to be a part of this fantastic institution."