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George Russell, former UM System president, dies - Columbia Missourian

Monday, January 02, 2017

Big-10 and Big-8 averages at the time. "One of the things I am really proud of was making the hire of George Russell during the time I was on the board," Sterling said.John Cozad, another curator during Dr. Russell's tenure, said the tuition increase also reduced a large inventory of unfunded maintenance — including "laboratories in disgraceful condition" — to "approximately zero." After Dr. Russell became president of the UM System, a Columbia Missourian reporter covered his appointment. He said at the time that the state and country were entering an age when higher education would be subjected to "close scrutiny" and the institution might have to eliminate programs and tighten its belt."The mystique about higher education — that cloak that's been around our shoulders — has been taken off," Russell said during a speech after he was named UM president. "Higher education is going to be subjected to the same cold winds of scrutiny that every other institution in the country faces.""I think that's the first time that's happened in higher education, and we're going to have to do something about it. We're going to have to explain to the public the value of what we do."Fred Hall, who was a curator from 1993 to 1999, said Russell was one of the finest administrators he ever worked with.“George did an outstanding job of physically repairing all four of the campuses, raising funds to pay the faculty competitive rates and worked with the board very closely,” Hall said, also giving credit to Gov. Mel Carnahan for supporting the university system.Another curator John Lichtenegger, who worked with Dr. Russell for four years, said that one of his greatest achievements was increasing the selectivity of the UM System campuses by boosting admission requirements. The change lead to “unprecedented increases in enrollment,” Lichtenegger said."The excellence of the university and its status as a premiere educational institution was greatly enhanced by the leadership of Dr. Russell,” he said.Dr. Russell, nicknamed "Bullet," was living in John Knox Village when he died, according to an obituary posted on the Langsford Funeral Home's web page. The obituary provided these additional details.George Albert Russell was born July 12, 1921, in Bertrand, Missouri, and was a 1938 graduate of Sikeston High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940 and went on to officer training, serving in World War II and rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. He also earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Illinois.After a 20-year career in the Navy, Dr. Russell taught physics at Southern Illinois University and then went into administration at the University of Illinois, becoming dean of the Physics School and then vice-chancellor for research.In 1977, he was named chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a position he held until being named president of the University of Missouri System in 1991.He traveled the globe with his wife, Ruth Ann, to whom he was married for 58 years, and he developed friendships across many cultural backgrounds, according to the obituary.He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, George and Martha (Cramer) Russell; two sisters; and a brother.Survivors include his four children, George (Tricia)...

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George Russell, former UM System president, dies - Columbia Missourian

Monday, January 02, 2017

Big-10 and Big-8 averages at the time. "One of the things I am really proud of was making the hire of George Russell during the time I was on the board," Sterling said.John Cozad, another curator during Dr. Russell's tenure, said the tuition increase also reduced a large inventory of unfunded maintenance — including "laboratories in disgraceful condition" — to "approximately zero." After Dr. Russell became president of the UM System, a Columbia Missourian reporter covered his appointment. He said at the time that the state and country were entering an age when higher education would be subjected to "close scrutiny" and the institution might have to eliminate programs and tighten its belt."The mystique about higher education — that cloak that's been around our shoulders — has been taken off," Russell said during a speech after he was named UM president. "Higher education is going to be subjected to the same cold winds of scrutiny that every other institution in the country faces.""I think that's the first time that's happened in higher education, and we're going to have to do something about it. We're going to have to explain to the public the value of what we do."Fred Hall, who was a curator from 1993 to 1999, said Russell was one of the finest administrators he ever worked with.“George did an outstanding job of physically repairing all four of the campuses, raising funds to pay the faculty competitive rates and worked with the board very closely,” Hall said, also giving credit to Gov. Mel Carnahan for supporting the university system.Another curator John Lichtenegger, who worked with Dr. Russell for four years, said that one of his greatest achievements was increasing the selectivity of the UM System campuses by boosting admission requirements. The change lead to “unprecedented increases in enrollment,” Lichtenegger said."The excellence of the university and its status as a premiere educational institution was greatly enhanced by the leadership of Dr. Russell,” he said.Dr. Russell, nicknamed "Bullet," was living in John Knox Village when he died, according to an obituary posted on the Langsford Funeral Home's web page. The obituary provided these additional details.George Albert Russell was born July 12, 1921, in Bertrand, Missouri, and was a 1938 graduate of Sikeston High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940 and went on to officer training, serving in World War II and rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. He also earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Illinois.After a 20-year career in the Navy, Dr. Russell taught physics at Southern Illinois University and then went into administration at the University of Illinois, becoming dean of the Physics School and then vice-chancellor for research.In 1977, he was named chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a position he held until being named president of the University of Missouri System in 1991.He traveled the globe with his wife, Ruth Ann, to whom he was married for 58 years, and he developed friendships across many cultural backgrounds, according to the obituary.He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, George and Martha (Cramer) Russell; two sisters; and a brother.Survivors include his four children, George (Tricia)...