Former Congressman and CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) Reid Ribble may be retired, but that doesn’t mean he’s not staying busy.
The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UW-Green Bay) announced that Ribble will be the university’s inaugural practitioner-in-residence in political science, providing students and the community opportunities to have discussions about critical topics in American democracy.
According to the unviersity, Ribble — a third-generation Wisconsin resident — will spend time on campus engaging in guest lectures, panel discussions, and other initiatives.
“I am excited to be a part of the political science program at UW-Green Bay,” Ribble said in a written statement. “The ability to share what I have learned from my personal experience while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives can become a launch pad for careers in government for UW-Green Bay students.”
Ribble is no stranger to the UW-Green Bay campus. He has been a yearly guest speaker in political science classes and has helped UW-Green Bay students secure internships in congressional offices. Ribble also serves on the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Council of Trustees.
Ribble will draw on his experience serving six years in the U.S. House of Representatives (R-WI-08). During his tenure, he served on the Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget and Finance, and Foreign Affairs Committees, where he served as vice chairman of the Committee on Emerging Threats.
Following his political career, Ribble served as the CEO of the NRCA for five years before retiring. He was president of his own roofing company in Kaukauna, Wis., prior to being elected.
“We are excited to have Congressmen Ribble affiliated with the university in this way,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander. “He brings a wealth of political experience, is a natural teacher, and embodies the ideal that we should never stop learning. We are grateful for his time and knowledge of how public service can have an incredible impact in our community.”
Along with his position at the university, Ribble serves as a member of the board with National Roofing Partners.