Hard Work, Sacrifice Lead to Success for New SCU Professor

By Tyler Moss

As a newly hired professor at Southwestern Christian University, Dr. Adrian Rus is still getting used to his new surroundings, a process with which he has become quite familiar in recent years. Born and raised in Romania, Dr. Rus will tell you that it is only by God’s will and divine plan that he landed thousands of miles away in Bethany, Okla.

As a teenager in Romania, Rus had finished technical school and settled into a job at a factory as so many young men did in that area. But after realizing his desire to pursue a higher education, Rus began what would be a long and, at times, grueling process of earning a college degree. Having attended technical school, Adrian knew that before even considering college, he would have to receive a high school education. So, for seven years, Rus continued to work in the factory during the day and attend classes in the evening as he inched towards the first step of his goal.

“It was a very challenging time in my life – challenging to me personally and spiritually,” Dr. Rus said. “Most days I would get up at 3 or 4 in the morning, study, go to work all day in the factory, leave work in the evening and then study a little more before I attended classes at night.”

Finally, after years of his sunrise to sunset grind, Rus had finished high school and was ready to pursue his college degree, but he didn’t stop there. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Dimitrie Cantemir University in Tirgu-Mures, Romania, Rus decided to pursue Master’s degrees in Science, Psycho-Diagnosis, Counseling and Phsycotherapy. Through his work as a student and also as an instructor at Dimitrie Cantemir University, Rus earned a full scholarship to Texas Christian University in Forth Worth, Texas.

“That was very important to me that I received a full scholarship and was able to attend such an incredible institution there,” Rus said. “But it was also a very trying time. It meant that my wife and I had to move to a new country and essentially start new.”

At TCU, Rus earned another Master’s degree as well as a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in May of 2012. Now, Dr. Rus is ready to use his knowledge and experiences to influence the lives of SCU students. After attending larger universities, Dr. Rus is excited about being on a smaller campus and the opportunity that it provides to be a more effective teacher.

“I have had some very unique experiences leading up to my time here,” Rus said. “Now I’m excited to not only teach the students here, but to build relationships with those students and help prepare them for their journey ahead.”
When he’s not teaching or working on publications, Rus loves to read and spend time with his wife and 16-month old son.