Ruth Ann Harnisch

Ruth Ann HarnischRuth Ann Harnisch, president and founder of the The Harnisch Foundation, is very clear about what she expects when it comes to her charitable contributions. “I’m always looking for the maximum return on my investment,” she said, “It’s the big bang for the buck theory.” Harnisch saw an opportunity to make such an investment with Leonard Witt, KSU's Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication, to establish the Center for Sustainable Journalism at the university. The center's mission is to discover innovative ways to produce financially sustainable, high quality and ethically sound journalism. "Ruth Ann brings a we-will-get-this-done attitude that has become embodied in the Center for Sustainable Journalism itself," said Witt.