Ashland University Names New Dean for Dauch College of Business and Economics
Ashland University has named Dr. Jeffrey Russell as dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. He is serving as interim dean at this time and will start his tenure as dean on July 1.
In announcing the appointment, Ashland University Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew said, “Jeff brings stability and great leadership for the Dauch College to this position and will utilize his past knowledge and experience of the College and the University to guide the future direction for the Dauch College of Business and Economics.”
Russell previously served as the chair of the Department of Economics and Finance and has served as a faculty member at Ashland since 2000. He took the interim dean’s position in July 2009 when former Dean James Maxwell took the dean’s position at Bemidji State University.
“I am genuinely excited about leading the Dauch College of Business and Economics over the next several years,” Russell said. “The College has a talented team of faculty and staff who are working well together, and we will move forward to make the college an even better place for faculty, staff and students.”
Russell has served as chair of several academic committees, including the Academic Review Faculty Committee, Student Life Faculty Committee and Finance Faculty Search Committee. He also serves as a member of the Merit Grant Committee and has served as a member of the academic review department visit teams for English, ACCESS, Art and Nursing.
He previously served as a graduate assistant in economics at the University of Oregon and as an adjunct instructor at Indiana University. Prior to joining academia, Russell served as vice president of commercial banking at Key Bank in South Bend, Ind., from 1987 to 1995 and was assistant vice president for commercial banking at Bank of America in Sacramento, Calif., from 1984 to 1987.
Russell holds a bachelor of science degree in economics and international relations from the University of California; a master of business administration degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, in Evanston, Ill.,; and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon.
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