Director of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation
“It’s about our students and helping them grow and preparing them for their futures.”
Russell remembers many great Ducks sporting moments from his twenty years on campus, including a number of exciting moments in NCAA and conference championship play. "People ask me a lot about that top athletic memory during my time here, and I can't really pick out one or two. We have been able to enjoy a number of firsts, from first trip to the NCAA Tournament to first NCAA win to first national championship and many special times in between."
One of his fondest memories involves seeing his son Bryan, a freshman on the lacrosse team, score his first collegiate goal during this year’s season opener. “When I came here he wasn’t born yet, and by my second year I was carrying him around here in a carrier, and now he's out on the field representing Stevens. I told people I’ve been waiting twenty years to see that. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Russell, who earned his bachelor and graduate degrees from Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina, and his wife Mary Jane had been living in Rhode Island when she took a job at Rutgers, her alma mater. Russell then became director of campus recreation at Stevens in 1995 and the athletic director in 2000.
He has been impressed seeing Stevens grow. “It was different than it is now. It was much smaller, and Hoboken was not as developed as it is now. You could see there was a desire for excellence to do what was possible to make Stevens a prominent national university.”
He joined the EAS Society to become more involved with a university that he says really cares for its students. “Everyone I work with takes that role and responsibility seriously. It’s a big reason I’ve stayed here and why I love Stevens so much. It’s about our students and helping them grow and preparing them for their futures.”