Vice President Academic Affairs, California Community College Chancellors Office
Dr. Barry Russell, when serving as an Instructional Dean, was very active in AIA (Associationof Instructional Administrators) and was dedicated in the organization to educating, organizing, and improving communication among the many instructional deans in the California community college system. Via Barry’s hard work, the organization served for years as the primary way that deans interacted on a statewide level.
For many years, Barry served admirably as a Chief Instructional Officer. He continued his efforts to always assist other CIOs and instructional administrators gain the important information they need to perform their jobs. For many of these years, Barry served admirably on the CIO Executive Board. As is his style, Barry served the organization by participating on various statewide committees—always dutifully reporting information. In 2009, he agreed to serve as Vice Chancellor of Educational Services for the Chancellor’s Office, where he is serving with distinction.
These are but a few of Barry’s steady contributions to the field. He possesses many of the characteristics that Carter Doran possessed, including that wonderful the self-less demeanor. He gives to his larger community while maintaining an amazing sense of humor. His positivism and “can-do” attitude are contagious, and are essential attributes for the state of California at the present time.
Barry has it all—self-less contribution, humor, and a spark of optimism that makes others feel empowered to do fine work.