Ms. Ruth McBurney

Ruth Evelyn Percefull McBurney was born on September 1, 1948 to Everett D. and Ruth Percefull. She was raised in Carlisle, Arkansas where she graduated high school.

Ruth earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology in 1970 from Henderson State University. While she was at HSU, Ruth was involved in the Young Democrats, Star Staff, Alpha Chi, and the Biology Club. Her fondest memories of Henderson include going to the football games with the marching band during a time when people “dressed” to go to the games. She also enjoyed watching the construction of Lake DeGray.

After graduating from Henderson, Ruth earned her Master of Science in Radiation Sciences from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1973. Ruth is a Certified Health Physicist.

Ruth became the Senior Research Technician at the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine early in her career. She went on to hold positions such as Section Chief, Radioimmunoassay, Clinical Laboratory at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock and Health Physicist at the Arkansas Department of Health. While working for the Texas Department of Health, she served as the Administrator of the Division of Licensing, Registration and Standards at the Bureau of Radiation Control, the Director of the Division of Licensing, Registration and Standards and later as the Manager, Radiation Safety, Licensing Branch. Since 2007 Ruth has served as the Executive Director of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors.

Ruth has held distinguished positions on numerous boards and committees including, Chairman of the American Board of Health Physics, National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee, National Academy of Science Committee on Source Use and Replacement, and the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has been a consultant on the Categorization of Radiation Sources at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. She was also a delegate for the International Radiation Protection Association in Hiroshima, Japan. Ruth was recently appointed to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements until 2013. She has served as President of the Health Physics Society and was the keynote speaker at the 2008 International Radiation Protection Association in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Ruth received the Executive Board Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Radiation Protection in 1987 and the Gerald S. Parker Award of Merit in 1995.

Ruth met her husband Millard when she was a student at Henderson. They live in Austin, Texas. Ruth enjoys gardening, writing song parodies with a radiation theme, reading, fitness, and traveling. 


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