Ella Rue is an award-winning graphic designer and artist living in Califon, NJ. She is also an accomplished writer, with articles, interviews and poetry published in a variety of venues.
Ella earned her Associates of Arts Degree from Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC),a Bachelor of Studio Arts Degree with an emphasis in graphic design from Montclair State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Technology, with an emphasis in Media Literacy, from New Jersey City University, and the terminal Master of Fine Arts degree from Marywood University. She is also certified to teach high school art.
She has served on the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, as well as the New Jersey Community College Team for Tomorrow, Blue Ribbon Commission. In addition to serving a one-year term as alumni representative on the RVCC Board of Trustees, she was appointed by the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders to serve a full term. She also served for three years on the RVCC Graphic Design Advisory Board. In 2010 she was appointed to the Hunterdon Learning Center Board of Trustees, and was recently appointed to the UCDA Foundation Board.
Ella has also spoken to the New Jersey Senate on behalf of NJ’s community colleges. She was “Distinguished Chapter President” of the RVCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges and was also the founding president of the internationally recognized Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Alumni Association. She was also honored with the title of "Distinguished Alumni" in 2009 from RVCC.
Ella has served as National Conference Chair, as well as National Competition Chair for the University, & College Designer Association (UCDA), as well as serving four (3 year) terms on UCDA Designer Magazine’s Advisory Board. In 2011 served as the UCDA Design Education Summit Chair.