Ruta Shah-Gordon Biography


Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon is the Chief of Staff and Vice President for Internationalization, Intercultural Affairs, and Campus Life at Wagner College. The Division of Campus Life consists of Residential Education, Co-Curricular Programs, The Wellness Center, comprised of health and counseling services, Center for Spirituality, leadership development, orientation, family weekend, student conduct, the Center for Intercultural Advancement (internationalization and diversity initiatives) and Lifelong Learning.  She serves as the co-chair for the Diversity and Internationalization Action Council and is responsible for furthering the strategic blueprint for the College around these areas. She also serves as the College’s Title IX Deputy Coordinator and is Administrative Coordinator for the Mandela Washington Fellowship which is part of President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative.

As Vice President, she leads the connection of students’ academic and co-curricular experiences, creating the opportunity to learn more about themselves as civically engaged, psycho-socially adapted, and interculturally competent citizens of the world.  Dr. Shah-Gordon earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.  She earned her Master’s degree in Social Psychology from Colgate University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.  She commutes from Iselin, NJ where she resides with her husband, Dr. David Gordon and her two teenage daughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with friends.