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Meet the Team

Our mission

Career and Talent Development (CTD) at FIU is committed to developing and delivering innovative career readiness programs for students and alumni, while engaging employers and stakeholders to foster mutually beneficial relationships that address the needs of an ever changing and diverse workforce.

Our vision

CTD at FIU will be known as a nationally recognized department that provides students and alumni with Worlds Ahead career readiness programs and resources to identify, secure, and manage successful careers.

Ruth E. Pacheco

Executive Director Industry Partnerships& Career Readiness

Dr. Pacheco serves as Executive Director, Integrated Industry Partnerships and Career Readiness at Florida International University (FIU). At FIU, she leads the Career and Talent Development and the Center for Testing and Career Certification teams. In her role, Dr. Pacheco collaborates across the university to cultivate and support FIU’s Career-Readiness Ecosystem.

Dr. Pacheco’s purpose and passion are anchored in higher education. She has served for over 20 years in leadership roles overseeing workforce programs, professional education programs, student affairs and services, financial aid, business office, and informational technology. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. and Master’s in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Florida International University. Her research and teaching interests include higher education access, completion, career readiness, and leadership topics.

Prior to FIU, Dr. Pacheco was the Director of Continuing Education at Barry University (BU) and taught undergraduate and graduate courses for the Adrian Dominican School of Education and the Public Administration Program within the Andreas School of Business. Before BU, Dr. Pacheco served as Regional Director and Dean of Finance and Administration for DeVry University, Associate Dean of Learning Resources at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, and Executive Director at FIU’s Bay Vista Campus. As a volunteer, she has served on several boards, including ASPIRA, His House Children’s Home, and IT Women, and she served as a Women of Tomorrow (WOT) Mentor. Most recently, Dr. Pacheco was recognized for her volunteer efforts with the Passionate Leadership Award (2019) by The Florida Association of Nonprofits. As part of her professional and volunteer work, Dr. Pacheco strives to make a difference in the lives and institutions she touches.

Top 5 Strengths
Input, Connectedness, Strategic, Ideation, Learner


Phone Number
(305) 348 - 4866