Two scholarships established in honor of Dr. Kimberly A. Russell

Feb 29, 2016 by

For 16 years, Tyler Junior College benefitted from the leadership of Dr. Kimberly A. Russell.

Russell, former TJC vice president for advancement and external affairs and executive director of the TJC Foundation, was named chancellor of Louisiana State University-Eunice last summer and began her duties there in September 2015.

Dr. Kim Russell

Dr. Kim Russell

In the weeks leading up to her departure in late August, family and friends contributed more than $35,000 to create the Dr. Kimberly A. Russell Scholarship Endowment; and longtime TJC Foundation board member and Apache Band alumnus Harold Beaird established the Dr. Kimberly A. Russell Presidential Honors Scholarship, in honor of her years of dedicated service.

“I am both humbled and honored to have received such wonderful gifts from my family and dear friends from Tyler,” Russell said.

“In particular, I would like to thank Harold and Rosemary Beaird for their friendship and support over the last 16 years. Tyler Junior College is a very special place, and Tyler will always be home to me.”

Russell joined TJC in 1999 as executive director of the TJC Foundation. During her tenure, the foundation grew to more than $47 million in assets and has become a significant resource for TJC students, faculty and programs.

In 2005, she added the role of vice president for advancement and external affairs. She managed 10 operational units of the college, including advancement, scholarships, alumni affairs, marketing, public affairs and legislative affairs, among others.

Under her guidance, TJC developed an advancement program that is considered a national leader. TJC has garnered multiple fundraising awards, most recently the 2015 Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE.) This honor recognizes educational institutions that have received consecutive annual fundraising awards. TJC has been honored by CASE for three years and earned the “sustained excellence” distinction.


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