Friendship Academy of the Arts announced Charvez Russell as its new executive director.
Russell is a native of Columbia, Miss. and has been in the Twin Cities since 2001. Upon graduating from Mississippi College he began at an alternative program teaching math in the Canton Public Schools. He then moved to Minneapolis and continued teaching at City View Community School from 2002-2006. During that time he received his MBA from the University of Phoenix specializing in Administration.
Russell is currently seeking his doctorate in organizational leadership; also with the University of Phoenix.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the next leader of such a great school. I have four children who have attended and have witnessed the passion, care, and drive for student achievement,” said Russell. “It is my goal to continue the legacy as I stand on the shoulders of the vision of Dr. James Porter, the team that worked hard for years to start the school. I look forward to continue the work towards excellence and confident that our passion will provide our scholars with more than what they need to be prepared for the next level in their educational careers.”
Wendy Hines, chair of the board of directors, welcomed Russell to his new role.
“We are excited to have someone of Mr. Russell’s proven business acumen, love for learning and passion for children in this important leadership post.”