George A. Russell

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George Albert Russell II (July 12, 1921 – December 27, 2016) was president of the University of Missouri System from 1991 to 1996.

Russell was born in Bertrand, Missouri. He was a 1938 graduate of Sikeston High School. He served in the Navy from 1940 to 1960 and retired as a commander. During his time in the Navy he received his bachelor's degree from The University of Pennsylvania, a Masters from MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Doctorate Degree from the University of Illinois.[1]

After 20 years of service with the Navy he retired and began a second career teaching physics at the University of Illinois, he later became the Dean of the Graduate College for Research and Development. 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 (at the age of 70).[1] He died on December 27, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "The Southeast Missourian - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ LAKANA (December 29, 2016). "George Russell, former UMKC chancellor and UM president, dies at 95". Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "George Albert Russell Obituary - LEES SUMMIT, MO". Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
James C. Olson
President of the University of Missouri System
Succeeded by
Manuel T. Pacheco