M. Jean Russell, Ph.D., was appointed as the director of foundation relations and college grant writer at Capitol College in Laurel, Md. in early September 2009. Dr. Russell comes to Capitol from Wings of Hope in St. Louis, Mo., where she served as the vice president for international and domestic development.
During her time with Wings of Hope, she conducted a successful capital campaign that assisted in facilitating an 80 percent success rate in grant awards and increased the level of operational funding through gifts and grants significantly. In her capacity as Director of Foundation Relations, Dr. Russell hopes to focus on key areas within the college, such as the Innovation and Leadership Institute, STEM outreach and the Space Operations Institute.
“Concentrating my efforts in these areas will advance the college by bringing in some recognition within the local and regional corporations,” said Dr. Russell. “It’s important for them to see the great things Capitol is doing in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. I also look forward to working with faculty and students to put the spotlight on their research and academic efforts outside the classroom.”
To her role as Director of Foundation Relations, Dr. Russell brings her experience with academic and educational organizations, having served in such roles as regional representative with Pearson Education and as assistant dean in the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s in American studies, and Ph.D. in foundations of education all from Saint Louis University. She has taught at Washington University, Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri, St. Louis and St. Louis Community College.
“Jean has already proved to be a valuable asset to our department in her short time with Capitol College,” said Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, vice president for advancement. “Both myself and the entire college community look forward to working with her on several new grant and partnership opportunities as we continue to develop our foundation, corporate and governmental outreach.”
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates, and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Md., a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical.