RUSINE MITCHELL SINCLAIR
District Governor 2016-2017
Rusine Mitchell Sinclair’s business card introduces her as a world traveler, a theme that runs through her varied career and personal experiences. Her life has been filled with wanderlust from the time she started exploring the world through books as a girl, to studying as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Singapore, working in her 20’s in Singapore and the Middle East, traveling internationally for IBM developing international business locations, and volunteering with Rotary on a sanitation and clean water service project in the Dominican Republic.
Rusine spent 25 years as an executive with the IBM Corporation before her retirement in 2007. She made IBM company history in 2005 when she became the first female North Carolina Senior State Executive, a position through which she represented IBM across the state to elected officials, business leaders, and the community. After her IBM retirement in August 2007, she served as the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. While CEO, she led the council through a merger that made it one of the most financially successful councils in the USA, even though at the time the economy was experiencing the “Great Recession.” In 2012, Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th Anniversary with an exhibit at the NC History Museum, celebrations with service projects in all 41 counties, and a very successful gala. At the time of her retirement, the council served more than 46,000 girl and adult members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties.
A long-time mentor to young professionals at IBM and through the Girl Scout organization, Rusine is passionate about community service. Throughout her life, she has given her time and expertise to a variety of community activities. In 1974-1975, Rusine was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar continuing her undergraduate study of Mandarin at what was then Nanyang University in Singapore. After retiring from IBM, Rusine became a “born again” Rotarian. She was the 2013-2014 President of the Rotary Club of Raleigh on the eve of their August 1, 2014 100th Anniversary that was celebrated by a large gift to establish the Rotary Club of Raleigh Dental Clinic, operated by Wake Smiles in the Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope Salvation Army of Wake County. Rusine has been chosen to serve as 2016-2017 Rotary District 7710 Governor.
Other community leadership service includes chair of the Wake Education Partnership Board of Trustees, a member of the WakeMed Foundation Board of Trustees, and on the executive committee for North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. She has also served on the former Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council Board of Directors, North Carolina School of Math and Science Foundation Board, and Meredith College Business Advisory Board. She is the past chair of the Regional Transportation Alliance and the North Carolina Technology Association. In addition, she is a member of the University of North Carolina Student Affairs Advisory Board and the Fifty Group.
IBM recognized her as a sales and business leader through membership in the 100% Club, Senior Leadership Team, and Golden Circle over the years. Her community honors include receiving the Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business award in 1999, Business Leader’s Woman Extraordinaire in 2006, and a Woman’s Club of North Carolina, Inc. Woman of Achievement in 2010. The State of North Carolina also honored her with a Certificate of Appreciation. In 2012, Rusine was honored by receiving the Triangle Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the United Way of the Greater Triangle Women’s Leadership Council Woman of the Year Award, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina, and was selected as one of the Triangle’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders.
Rusine earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and completed the program for management development from Harvard Business School. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is married to Dick Sinclair. They have one daughter who graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in May 2012 and is a practicing attorney in Raleigh, NC.