The WSOS Board of Directors Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize the board's executive committee to negotiate a contract with Ruthann House, who was hired permanently as the agency's new president/CEO.
House, who has been acting president/CEO since December, has been with WSOS for 28 years. She was named the agency's vice president in 2001. Since 2006 she also had served as acting director of the Housing & Energy department.
House is treasurer for the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and serves on the boards of the Ohio Head Start Association and the Lutheran Homes Society Foundation. House also serves as a church council member and treasurer for Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont.
She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. She and her husband, David, live in Fremont and have two sons who are students at The Ohio State University.
In other business, the board:
Approved the renewal of three programs currently operated by the agency.
Participated in a governance training session together with the Head Start Policy Council.