Paula Russo Named Vice President of Strategic Planning, Administration, and Affirmative Action

  Paula Russo

President Jones announced recently that Paula A. Russo, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics department, has accepted the position of vice president of strategic planning, administration, and affirmative action. Russo will replace Sharon Herzberger, who is leaving Trinity to become president of Whittier College.

“I am honored to be able to serve the College in this new capacity,” says Russo. “I’m looking forward to many exciting challenges in the years to come.”

Following her arrival at Trinity in 1987, Russo became a tenured member of the faculty in 1993. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, for which she received the 1992 Dean Arthur H. Hughes Award for Achievement in Teaching, she was the founding director of the Interdisplinary Science Center as well as director of the Interdisciplinary Science Program. Russo has also served as the special assistant to the vice president of development and alumni programs and director of corporate and foundation relations.

Over the years she has been a member of numerous faculty committees, including those for admissions and financial aid, curriculum, and educational policy and has worked on several planning and search committees. Russo is currently serving as chair of both the urban review and global-urban education Cornerstone planning committees. She will formally assume her new role on July 1.

According to Jones, Russo was chosen for the position because of her considerable experience at Trinity in a wide-range of assignments and her demonstrated ability to handle diverse responsibilities and interact effectively with constituencies both on and off campus. Among her duties will be to develop a plan for investing appropriate resources for affirmative action through a coordinated effort with the Dean’s Committee on the Definition of an Affirmative Action Office and the President’s Council on Affirmative Action.

Russo and her husband, Jean-Pierre Haeberly, assistant director of web and applications development, live in Durham with their children, Celine and Isabelle, and their dog, Pecan.


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