Penny Rue

NASPA Past Board Chair

Vice President for Campus Life
Wake Forest University


Since July 2013 Dr. Penny Rue, has served as the Vice President for Campus Life and Professor of Counseling at Wake Forest University. She is broadly responsible for the well-being and safety of students and their education outside the classroom.

Dr. Rue served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California San Diego for six years and for eight years as Dean of Students at UVA. She is nationally known for her creative leadership in strengthening campus communities. She served for five years as Senior Associate Dean of Students at Georgetown University and for seven years as Georgetown's Director of Student Programs. 
Earlier in her career she held posts at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Maryland. Dr. Rue obtained her doctorate degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland where her dissertation research focused on a conceptual study of community on the college campus. 

She has a master’s degree in student personnel services from The Ohio State University, from which she received the Maude Stewart Outstanding Alumna Award in 2011, and an A.B. magna cum laude in English and Religion from Duke University.  In 2011 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by the NASPA Foundation. She has served as the Public Policy Division Chair, Chair of the NASPA Board of Directors and currently serves as Past Chair.

Outside of work she loves swimming, gardening and cats.