NSU Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Wisher | Class of 2011

Ruth Wisher 07-2017

Meet 2011 graduate, Ruth Wisher. Ruth graduated from NSU in December 2011 with a degree in Journalism.

“The Journalism program was outstanding and every day I am thankful for the incredible education I received which helped prepare me for the real world,” she stated.

While at NSU, Ruth worked at the WRAC, served on the Student Government Association, was a founding member of the St. Jude Up til Dawn Organization, serving on the Executive Committee for two years, the Co-Editor of the 2011 Potpourri yearbook, and a proud member of Phi Mu.

Ruth lives in Baton Rouge where she works as the Press Secretary for Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry. In this role, she communicates with media on a daily basis, writes the Attorney General’s speeches, prepares for public events such as press conferences, and communicates with other offices throughout the state and country. Before this, she served as the Louisiana State Director for a pro-life PAC (Women’s Speak Out PAC) and previously served as policy coordinator for former Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal.

In her free time, Ruth loves to workout, especially run. She has completed seven half-marathons, one half-ironman, and two marathons, including the Boston Marathon this past April. She will also participate in a 50-mile memorial bike ride in July to honor the law enforcement officers killed in Baton Rouge last year.

She has three brothers who, “made her realize at an early age that nothing she would ever face would be tougher than being the only girl in a house of boys!” Ruth’s parents live in Natchitoches and taught her to take education seriously, have a good work ethic, and to always respect others. The best advice she has ever received from her parents has been, “remember who you are: First, a Christian. Second, a Wisher.” Ruth later added, “Third: an NSU Demon.”

“I am certainly indebted to Northwestern State University for giving me a collegiate experience that I will never forget. Only at NSU can you call the President years after you graduate and have him answer your call, know who you are, and help with your request,” she said. “I will always be grateful to the late Dr. Webb, who remained my cheerleader even after my NSU days, as well as the late John Price, who taught History for 40+ years, and Senator Gerald Long. All three of these men have pushed me, believed in me, and helped mold me into who I am today. I will never forget their love and support. Under President Maggio’s leadership, I know my beloved university will remain a beautiful, successful, and amazing place to call an alma mater.”