Dr. Bill Russell

Member, Citizen at Large

Dr. Bill Russell serves as Executive Director for Community Relations and General Counsel for Northwest Nazarene University. Formerly, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business and an Assistant to the President of the University at NNU; he has also held a position as Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics and has taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs at the School of Business. In past years, he served as Director of the NNU MBA program and was responsible for creation of innovative new MBA programs.

In 2010, Dr. Russell was named the International Award for Teaching Excellence winner for 2010 by the Accreditation Association for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP includes membership of 650 colleges and universities from 40 countries ranging from Argentina to Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and of course, the United States. In receiving the award, he competed as one of nine Regional award winners against professors from India, Paraguay, Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Prior to winning the International Award, Dr. Russell was awarded the 2010 Teaching Excellence Award for Region 7 (Western United States and Canada).

Dr. Russell received a BA from the University of Kansas, a J.D. from the University of Denver, and an MBA from Regis University. He has earned 29 graduate credit hours (working towards a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies) at Asbury Theological Seminary and expects to complete that program in 2014.

He practiced law in the Boise Valley for 16 years, and then joined Pintlar Corporation (formerly The Bunker Hill Mining Company) and Gulf Resources Chemical Corporation as General Counsel and Vice President. Dr. Russell left Gulf in 1993 and after two years in a consulting practice at KPMG Peat Marwick founded an international consulting company with clients worldwide. That company assisted Fortune 500 and international companies with specialized complex business disputes including insurance claim matters, primarily relating to current claims on insurance policies issued in the 1940s through the 1980s. In 2002, he left his company to join NNU.

Today, Dr. Russell sits as a member the Board of Directors of the City Club of Boise, the Board of Directors of Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation, the Idaho Charter School Network, and the St. Luke’s Canyon County Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Idaho Council on Economic Education. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Concordia University School of Law. He was elected to Board of Directors of the North Star Public Charter School, and is a member of the Idaho Business for Education. He has been a Deciding Official for the JR Simplot Company human resource department, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Kazak-American Free University in Ustkamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

In the past, Dr. Russell has served on The Board of Directors (and Executive Committee) of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Board of Directors of Co-Serve International, the Board of Directors of the Crusader Athletic Association, the Board of Directors of Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, the Idaho Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, the University of Kansas Forensic Alumni Association, and the Board of Directors of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.

Dr. Russell has facilitated strategic planning for the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind and the Nampa Christian School. He has advised ten K-12 schools in Oregon, Washington and Idaho on sustainability and strategic issues under a three-year grant from the Murdock Foundation. He is a trained accreditation reviewer for the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. He has published and spoken widely on issues relating to management and Higher Business Education. He has consulted with major corporations and international organizations on strategic planning, risk management, governance, and other business matters.

Dr. Russell holds a District minister’s license from the Intermountain District of the Church of the Nazarene and has completed a course of study for diaconal ordination in the Church (expected in May). He has been married to Nancy for 32 years and has two grown children, Kate and Lynn living in Boise and Seattle respectively. Nancy and Bill also have one grandchild, David.