Ruth Roper of Greenville, S.C., was elected to serve on the Presbyterian College board of trustees at its Nov. 2 and 3 meeting. Roper began her service on the board Jan. 1, 2017.
Roper, a native of Laurens County is a 1975 graduate of Winthrop University and earned an MBA from Clemson University in 1985. She joined Sealed Air (then Cryovac) in 1979 and was elected as a corporate officer in 2004.
She served as vice president of new ventures and medical applications at Sealed Air. Throughout her career, she held a series of leadership positions in operations, information services, marketing, and strategic planning. She lived in Switzerland in the mid-90s as the marketing director for the company’s European business. She served as the company’s chief information officer and president of its specialty materials division.
In addition, Roper has been the executive lead for the company’s relocation of its global corporate headquarters to Charlotte, N.C., and led the project to design and develop a 36-acre site, including a state of the art R&D center. The company plans to relocate/hire approximately 1,000 employees at the new site.
Roper is an alumna of Leadership Greenville; and she has served on the boards of the Greenville Humane Society, Greenville County Vocational Rehabilitation, United Way of Greenville County, and the Old Ninety Six Girl Scout Council. She was a member of the advisory board at Winthrop University. She is a founding member of Greenville’s United Way Women’s Leadership Council, where she was chair and advisor.
Roper is a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church, where she served three terms as elder and was chair of the adult education committee. While residing in Charlotte, Roper was a member of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she was on the adult education team and chaired the associate pastor nominating committee.
Presbyterian College is located on a striking 240-acre campus in Clinton, between Columbia and Greenville, S.C. Offering challenging academics and a culture of honor, ethics, and service that prepares students to be leaders in communities, PC offers its students the benefit of engaging with an exceptional faculty who take individual interest in their students’ well-being, both personally and in the classroom. The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy is dedicated to the ideals of leadership, honor to the profession, and service to the community. For more information about Presbyterian College, visit www.presby.edu.