David S. Ruder is the William W. Gurley Memorial Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. He served as Dean of the School from 1977 to 1985. From 1987 to 1989 he served as Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the Joint CFTC-SEC Advisory Committee on Emerging Regulatory Issues. From 2002 to 2010 he served as the founding Board Chairman of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. From 1999 to 2004 he served as the founding Board Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society. He has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, as a Trustee of the International Reporting Standards Foundation, as a Trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.
Professor Ruder is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the William O. Douglas Award conferred annually by the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, and the Institutional Investor Mutual Fund Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.