The president of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, for more than 18 years, Gary Russi retired just before the start of 2013-2014 academic year. During his tenure as the school’s head administrator, Dr. Russi received an array of community and academic awards. These honors ranged from Oakland University’s George Wibby Athletic Award to the Executive of the Year Award presented by the Rochester Mayor’s Business Council. Gary Russi promoted university and community ties by co-chairing the Oakland County Business Roundtable and by working with the Michigan Economic Center’s Investor-Leadership Council.
Within the university, Gary Russi added 65 new degree programs and invested more than $400 million in teaching, learning, and living. Additionally, he increased student enrollment by more than 8,000, and he implemented an admissions plan designed to boost the academic caliber of admitted first-year students. Ultimately, the school hopes to reach an enrollment of 25,000 with an average ACT profile of 26. Dr. Russi introduced these and many other strategic goals before his recent retirement.