Dr. Stephanie Russell, Arts ’83, is vice president for mission and ministry. Reporting to the president, Russell is responsible for promoting the university’s mission and Catholic, Jesuit identity, expressed in the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the promotion of a life of faith and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. Her responsibilities at the university, which she joined in 2001, include oversight of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the Institute for Catholic Leadership, Manresa for Faculty and Campus Ministry. She maintains in her work a strong focus on Catholic social teaching and intellectual tradition, the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage, and interreligious dialogue as means for deepening the university’s mission.
Russell has worked for many Jesuit institutions, including 11 years as the provincial assistant for lay formation and social ministry with the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. She is a founding member of the Ignatian Associates, a lay community of women and men who live and serve in the Ignatian tradition, and the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a comprehensive developmental program for administrators in Jesuit colleges and universities across the country. In addition to her work at Marquette, she has served as interim director for the AJCU Seminar on Higher Education Leadership and is a member of the AJCU Mission Advisory Committee. She regularly directs retreats, writes and speaks on Ignatian topics.
Russell’s professional career has focused on pastoral ministry and higher education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Marquette University, a master of arts in pastoral studies from St. Francis Seminary in Wisconsin, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Spring Hill College in 2009, the University of Scranton’s Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries in 2012, and the Marquette University High School Spirit of St. Ignatius Award in 2006.