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Dean Joyce E. A. Russell honored with Women of Distinction Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal


Villanova, Pa., October 25, 2018 -- The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is proud to announce that Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the School of Business, was recently honored with the 2018 Women of Distinction Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The Philadelphia Business Journal annually turns the spotlight on influential businesswomen in the region through its Women of Distinction Awards. This year, the organization received more than 300 nominations--an all-time record. Out of this competitive pool, a panel of judges selected 35 women for this year’s Women of Distinction class. Factors such as professional achievement, dedication to mentorship and community involvement were some of the most important elements in the selection process.

Dedicated to a lifetime of academic and professional achievement, including teaching, mentoring, and advising, Dean Russell was among this impressive group of winners.

“I am deeply honored to have been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal, especially considering the contributions of all the outstanding women who were nominated for this prestigious award,” Dean Russell noted. “It has always been a passion of mine to give back to not only my institution, but also to the community. There is so much that we can all do to make a positive impact each and every day in the lives of others.”

As VSB’s 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. VSB is dedicated to producing business leaders for a better world which is a passion of Dean Russell’s.

Russell is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 30 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. 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.

The award winners will be honored at a special reception on Thursday, November 15, at the Sheraton Society Hill. Additionally, each of the 2018 Women of Distinction will be profiled in a special section of the November 16 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and its online graduate business programs is ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit