Stephanie Russell, Ed.D.

Vice President for Mission Integration

Stephanie Russell, Ed.D. serves as Vice President for Mission Integration at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Her duties include designing and implementing formation programs and resources to help Jesuit colleges and universities enhance their mission effectiveness, and supporting linkages among the schools in the Jesuit higher education network.

Prior to her work with AJCU, Dr. Russell was Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Marquette University for 15 years. She has worked in Jesuit ministries for more than three decades, including 11 years as Provincial Assistant for Lay Formation and Social Ministry with the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. She is a co-creator of the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a comprehensive developmental program for administrators at Jesuit colleges and universities across the country, along with other formational programs. She regularly directs retreats, writes, and speaks on Ignatian topics.

Dr. Russell 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 mission of Jesuit schools. She earned a Bachelor of Arts 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 has been awarded honorary doctorates from Spring Hill College and Gonzaga University.

Dr. Russell lives and works in Milwaukee. She is married with four adult children who, along with their families, bring her great joy.