Linda L. Ruffolo


IPFW Honorary Lifetime Alumni Board Member (2013)


Ms. Ruffolo came to IPFW in November 1995 as director of development. She received degrees from University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1963) and Illinois State University (M.S., 1966)

As IPFW's director of development, Linda was involved in many iconic projects on campus, including the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center, and the Ron Venderly Family Bridge. She also created new ways to thank and recognize donors such as the Applause events and the Obelisk of Honored Philanthropists. It was Linda's vision to create the "50 for 50" fundraiser that brought in more than $2.5 million in endowments, including $2.3 million in scholarship funds.

Although she had many successes at IPFW, Linda is remembered most for the relationships she built with people and for the impact of her commitment to the community. Over the years, she volunteered with Arts United, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Study Connection, Forte Festival, Fort Wayne Ballet, and Fort Wayne Youth Theatre. She was also president of the Lincoln Museum.