|Last Updated: 6/13/2013 (updates reflect his resignation as of August 1, 2013 and the firing, or retirement depending on who you ask, of his wife Beckie Francis from her position as head women's basketball coach)|
Position: president (to be replaced by Betty Youngblood as interim president August 1)
|Responsibilities: He handles all major day-to-day University business|
|Direct reports: flowchart|
|Years in position/at OU: 20 years. 18 as President|
Related experience: He came to OU in 1993 as VP of academic affairs. He served as interim President from 1995-1996.
|Education: Bachelor of Science in pharmacology, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Doctorate of pharmacology and toxicology, university of Kansas|
He announced his retirement the same day his wife Beckie Francis was "relieved of her duties " as OU's head women's basketball coach. She is being replaced on an interim basis by men's associate head coach Jeff Tungate. She has characterized this as a retirement on her Twitter feed .
There was much drama in 2009 in a bargaining struggle that lead up to a week long faculty strike that delayed the start of the fall semester.
|Miscellaneous: Russi is married to (now former) women's basketball coach Beckie Francis.here|
Contact: You will probably be transferred to Ted Montgomery or David Groves in communications so I will include their information here as well.