McWane CEO Passionate About Education, Civic Engagement
By Dave Hendrick
McWane Inc. President and CEO Ruffner Page (MBA ’86) stays busy with his day job, leading the 6,700 person water infrastructure and industrial goods company.
Outside of work, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business alumnus is committed to a variety of organizations devoted to improving the quality of life in Birmingham, Alabama, — his home of more over 30 years.
Page, the president and CEO of McWane Inc., has served on a variety of civic organizations including Leadership Birmingham, the Birmingham Education Foundation, the Birmingham Airport Authority, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
“In most towns there are a hundred things you could get involved in, but you can’t be involved in everything. So, I’ve tried to get involved in representative aspects of the community that help the quality of life,” Page said.
Page is passionate about improving the education system in Birmingham. As a founder of the Birmingham Education Foundation, he works to make quality public education a reality for every student in Birmingham. McWane Inc. — employer of over 6,700 team members and one of the world’s largest makers of iron water infrastructure products, including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings and plumbing products, along with fire extinguishers and propane tanks —shares this passion, leading projects such as Birmingham’s McWane Science Center — one of the nation’s largest, hands-on science museums.
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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