Ruth Ann Rugg

Ruth Ann Rugg is Transitional Leader of COSMA, the Coalition of State Museum Associations, since September 2017. Prior to the establishment of COSMA, she served on the Museums United Phase 2 Steering Committee as a Key Partner, representing Texas Association of Museums. An established professional with almost four decades of leadership, association and museum experience, she is well versed in the challenges facing state museum associations today. Rugg is an advocate for collaboration and productive partnerships within the cultural heritage community. Her primary focus is on sustainability and relevance.

A native Texan, Rugg received her education at Texas Christian University. Her museum career includes posts at the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth; and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas. She joined the staff of Texas Association of Museums as Executive Director in 2008 and served in that capacity until 2016 when she assumed a part-time role as Director of Special Projects.