On Thursday, Feb. 16, Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent/CEO Brian Ruttman was named one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs for 2023. With this announcement, Ruttman joins ranks with presidents from the University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma City Community College as well as CEOs in banking, health care, energy, and other major Oklahoma industries. A total of 41 leaders were recognized this year.
For 20 years, Ruttman has been instrumental in building Oklahoma’s workforce through his visionary leadership for Oklahoma CareerTech. With a passion for helping others improve their lives through education and employment, Ruttman is an innovator and inspiring community servant.
Award sponsors cited the challenges leaders have faced over the past few years and noted that this year’s honorees led through those difficult times with “courage and confidence, humility and wisdom.” Honorees were also recognized for their impact on the business community.
Superintendent Ruttman was acknowledged for being a transformational leader with the unique ability to unite and motivate teams around a shared vision. His nomination outlined the actions he has taken to empower leaders and increase collaboration, ultimately creating a stronger, more effective organization that can withstand and adapt to future change.
Under Ruttman’s leadership at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, MNTC found creative ways to provide a safe learning and working environment. From bus drivers delivering laptops, books, and Wi-Fi hotspots to students’ homes to implementing flexible leave and attendance policies.
His agile response to workforce needs in industries like public safety, health care, and aerospace have resulted in significant partnerships and training programs including Basic Peace Officer Certification, PN Select, and Aviation Maintenance Technology (beginning August 2023).
Ruttman’s service to the Oklahoma CareerTech system began in 2003 at Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, where he served as chief officer, executive officer, and associate superintendent. Since 2019, he has led the Moore Norman Technology Center district as superintendent and chief executive officer.
The Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs award is sponsored by The Journal Record. Click here for a complete list of nominees.