The Board of Trustees of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District named Russell on Dec. 5, making him the sixth president of the college in Livermore.
Russell is currently vice chancellor of Academic Affairs in the California Community Colleges' chancellor's office in Sacramento. He was appointed to the post in 2009 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His office provides leadership and technical assistance in academic planning, academic support programs, program approval, and reviews of degrees and certificates.
"With Dr. Russell's background and wealth of experience, Las Positas College will continue to grow academically and become even better as we serve the citizens of the Tri-Valley," said College Chancellor Jannett N. Jackson. "We look forward to working with Dr. Russell and having him join the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District team."
Russell previously held administrative positions at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., Cerritos College in Norwalk, and Southwestern College in Chula Vista. Before that, he held positions at Central Texas Tech Prep Consortium, and Paris (Texas) Junior College.
He received his doctorate in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 and also holds a degree in music from Texas A&M University.
The University of Texas at Austin honored him as a 2012 Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership Program.
President Kevin Walthers left after reports began to circulate that he had lost the support of students, faculty and the Chabot-Las Positas College Board of Trustees that hired him. Walthers was recently sworn in as the new superintendent/president of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif.