Ruben Armiñana
Ruben Armiñana

Dr. Ruben Armiñana

Sonoma State University

Office of the President


Ruben Armiñana was appointed president of Sonoma State University in 1992. Throughout Armiñana’s tenure, he has been successful in furthering Sonoma State’s academic and instructional programs. Armiñana also created many programs, including the President’s Diversity Council, which illustrates the campus's commitment to diversity. Additionally, the university experienced a steady increase in private donor investment and entered into numerous partnership programs with businesses and public institutions in the North Bay region.

Armiñana is also a professor of political science and teaches periodically. He has authored several publications relating to his research interests, which include organizational behavior of government employees, international training and transfer of skills, issues in comparative public administration, and university administration.

Academic Experience

President, Sonoma State University, 1992 to date.

Vice President for Finance and Development, Vice President and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Cal Poly Kellogg Unit Foundation, Inc., and Professor of Political Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1988-92.

Vice President/Assistant to the President, Tulane University, 1987-88.

Associate Executive Vice President, Tulane University, 1985-87.

Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Operations, Tulane University, 1983-85.

Assistant Professor of International Business and Public Administration, Tulane University, 1983-88.

Director, Institute for the Study of Change in the Americas, Tulane University, 1985-88.

Administrative Analyst and Organizational Development and Training Consultant, City of New Orleans, 1972-78.

Director of Operations and Training, Inter-American Center, Loyola University, 1969-71.

National Associate Director, Phi Theta Kappa, 1968-69.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of New Orleans
M.A., Latin American Economics and Political Science, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Economics, Political Science, and Spanish, University of Texas at Austin
A.A., Economics and Political Science, Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas