Dean Joyce Russell


Message From Dean Russell

"If one thing stood out to me when I started at Villanova School of Business two years ago, it was the energy. Whether it’s the first day of classes or near the end of finals, there’s a constant undercurrent running through our classrooms, our offices and beyond—and it comes from an intense commitment to our mission and our values.

Villanova School of Business is committed to developing leaders for a better world, and this year was no exception. We continued to excel as measured by rankings, faculty achievements, new enrollments and student outcomes—a direct result of our talented leadership, faculty and staff, along with a focus on planning, a commitment to creating growth opportunities, and strong connections with our community beyond campus. These accomplishments demonstrate why the VSB experience is like no other."


Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, was named The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB) in 2016. She serves as the chief executive, academic and fiscal officer for VSB. Russell represents the school locally and nationally, to the University community and to all external constituencies, including the business community.

As the chief academic officer, Russell recruits, retains, and develops world-class and diverse faculty, students and staff and works closely with educational organizations and external organizations to carry out the mission of the University.

Russell is equally responsible for developing external relationships and fundraising, and actively maintains and expands connections with regional, national and international communities. She is responsible for the overall financial operation of VSB, including the authority and responsibility for planning, budgeting, scheduling, personnel matters and long-range planning to fulfill the goals and objectives of the school.

Prior to joining VSB, Russell served as both Senior Associate Dean and Vice Dean at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business. In these roles, she was a major force in shaping the student experience at all levels. Her duties included oversight of the school’s undergraduate, MBA, Specialty Masters and executive programs, and the development of the school’s global, university and corporate partnerships. She also created and led the Office of Transformational Learning spearheading major innovations in all of the school’s programs.

Russell is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations. Her expertise is primarily in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching and change management. Some of her clients have included: Lockheed Martin, Marriott, U.S. Department of Defense, University of Maryland Medical Systems, UnderArmour, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CSX Transportation, National Institute of Health, SAIC, Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, M&M Mars, ALCOA, Entergy, Yodlee, Black & Decker, Boeing Corporation, Hughes Communications, McCormick, Sprint/Nextel, Tennessee Valley Authority, State of Tennessee, Bell-South, L.M. Berry & Company and Bryce Corporation.

Russell wrote a weekly “Career Coach” column and answered reader questions in a monthly online chat for The Washington Post. She continues to be a sought-after media expert on topics ranging from negotiations to leadership to business education. She developed the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Programs for the University of Maryland’s Executive MBA program and the EMBA program at The University of Tennessee. As the director of these programs, she provided leadership coaching for hundreds of executives over the past decades as well as selected and trained numerous executive coaches.

Russell was consistently honored for being one of UMD’s outstanding Top 15% teachers and was selected three times for the Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence.

Prior to joining UMD, Russell was a tenured full professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee (UT). At UT, she received numerous teaching and research awards from students and faculty alike for her work with Executive MBAs, MBAs, doctoral students and undergraduates. Some of them include: The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award; the College of Business Administration’s John B. Ross Award for Outstanding Teaching among senior, tenured professors; the Tennessee Organization of MBAs Outstanding Teaching Award; the UT Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Team Development and Team Teaching of the Integrated MBA Curriculum; and the College of Business Administration’s William B. Stokely Research/Teaching Scholar Award, among others.

Russell has published more than 50 articles, books or book chapters, and has presented her research at national and regional conferences. She served as the associate editor for the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied PsychologyHuman Resource Management Review and Performance Improvement Quarterly. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the premier honor society recognizing business excellence.

She received her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron, Ohio and her BA degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland.

Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD
2016 - present

Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD
2012 - 2015

James M. Danko
2005 - 2011

Thomas F. Monahan, PhD
1996 - 2003

John A. Pearce II, PhD
1995 - 1996

Alvin A. Clay
1977 - 1995

Rev. Philip F. Barrett, OSA
1962 - 1976

Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, OSA
1922 - 1962




Watch Dean Russell's interview with Ruth Hammond of the Chronicle of Education discussing the future of business education.