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Ruth B. Turner

7th Judicial District
Regents Office, State Education Building, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234
Phone (518) 474-5889


Ruth B. Turner was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents for a one-year term (March 2, 2021 - March 31, 2022) and re-elected (April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2027) as the Regent representing the 7th Judicial District. Regent Turner graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester receiving a B.S. in Social Work and a MSW from University of Buffalo.  She also holds a M.S. in Ed. from SUNY Brockport. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has served the profession for over 24 years.

Regent Turner is known as a champion of children and families in Rochester, NY which she calls home. As an educator she has committed herself to the principles of restorative practices, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Under her administrative leadership with Rochester City School District (RCSD), she worked to support the most vulnerable students and was an advocate for all students and families.  In her tenure, she led the revision of the student code of conduct. She also led the district in adopting restorative justice initiatives in terms of student discipline and was a key leader of anti-racism work for the district.

For over 13 years she served the Rochester City School District as a social worker, Director and Executive director for student support services. And before her departure she served as the Chief for student support and social emotional learning. Before joining RCSD she led foster care and adoption unit for the Urban League of Rochester.  She also spent several years as a trainer for Center for the Development of Human Services where she focused of child welfare services.

Ruth’s commitment to the intersection of social work, social welfare, and education began very early in life rooted in her experience immigrating to the US as a political refugee from Eritrea. It was the kindness and diligence of a social worker who aided her successful transition during one of the most challenging periods in her life.  Through the support and advocacy of individuals like this social work, Ruth graduated from the RCSD, and attended college as a 1st generation college student.  She has never forgotten the power of support in mitigating the affects of adverse events in childhood that can aid in helping individual to reach their fullest potential.

Mrs. Turner is married to Dr. William R. Turner, Jr., Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at SUNY Brockport. Together they have three children.