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Kevin J. Ruth

Managing Director

A Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM®) and a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA®), Kevin is Managing Director of Westlake Global. In addition to 26 years in education, he has given 23 years of service as a director on non-profit boards, with four years as a governing board member of an independent school, is an advisor to a number of projects and organisations, and is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and gatherings around the world. Kevin is a Fellow in the UK-based Royal Society of Arts; member of the Online Executive Panel (Education) for McKinsey & Company; judge for the International School Awards; past lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities; and an advisor to multiple international education projects, including the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, as well as executive education credentials from Stanford University and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. A polyglot with seven languages, he holds citizenship in the US and UK.

In addition to teaching modern and classical languages in K-12 schools for seventeen years, he served as an associate college counselor, department head, major and planned gifts officer, director of institutional advancement, and assistant (deputy) head. He then led ECIS, a global membership organisation for 400+ international and independent schools in 100 countries, for six years as Chief Executive Officer, visiting and consulting with schools in over 40 countries. Following ECIS, Kevin served as President of Moreland University, a fully online graduate school of education dedicated to teacher preparation, serving over 6,000 candidates and alumni in 150+ countries, acquired by Colibri Group in 2021. He has worked in not-for-profit and for-profit settings across the K-20 spectrum, and has worked with public schools, charter schools, independent schools, international schools, faith-based schools, educational membership organisations, and universities. Kevin was also a contributor to the OECD Learning Compass 2030 and the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in French and German, and a Master’s in Comparative Literature, all from the Pennsylvania State University; a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University; and has completed executive education at Stanford University in Advanced Project Management, and Strategic Decision & Risk Management; as well as at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School in Executive Leadership. In 2021 he was honoured with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Pennsylvania State University.

A polyglot with seven languages, he holds citizenship in the US and UK.

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