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CURRY NAMED INTERIM PRESIDENT AT STLCC-FLORISSANT VALLEY

April 29, 2014

Ruby Curry  
Ruby Curry

Ruby Curry has been appointed interim president of St. Louis Community College- Florissant Valley.

Curry has been with the college for the past 38 years. She will replace Marcia Pfeiffer, Ph.D., who is retiring in June.

“I’m humbled and very appreciative of the opportunity,” said Curry.

She was hired in 1976 as an instructor in the Physical Education department and coach for the women’s basketball and softball teams. Prior to ending her coaching career, she was elected by her fellow coaches as Coach of the Year in 1986. In 1993, she resigned from coaching and became chair of the Physical Education department. In 2001, she was appointed as dean of business and human development.

In 1990, Curry was elected as the Women’s Region XVI Director for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and served until 2008. She was the assistant coach of the NJCAA women’s all-star basketball team and operational staff member for the 1995 World Winter University Games in Spain.

Curry also served as sports liaison for the 1993 Olympic Sports Festival and a coordinating co-chair for basketball at the 1994 Olympic Festival games in St. Louis. With USA Basketball, Curry served on the support staff for the Olympic Festival team trials and support staff for the 1995 Olympic Festival.

In 2006, Curry was recognized for her leadership and contributions to the sport and was inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2008 she received the NJCAA Service Award. Other leadership roles have included Region VII director for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and a charter member of the St. Louis chapter.

In 1992, Curry was selected to attend the AAWCC Leadership program titled Leaders. From this experience she developed the Student-Athlete Academic Monitoring program, which is still being used today. In 2012, Curry was the 37th recipient of the annual David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture Award. Curry is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a trustee at Crossroads College Preparatory School. 

Curry received her bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Central Missouri State University, and her master's degree in education-physical education from Eastern Illinois University.