This is a photograph of Dr. Sherrance Russell.

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Diversity Initiatives

G107 MU Student Center
(573) 882-0836 – Office


Dr. B. Sherrance Russell will serve in the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity Initiatives which includes providing oversight for our Department of Social Justice.

Dr. Russell comes to Mizzou most recently from Austin, Texas where he was the CEO and Enrollment Management Consultant for Russell & Associates.  He has extensive experience working with diverse students having previously served as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Central State University.

Dr. Russell is a seasoned higher education professional and has more than a quarter of century experience in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Previously he served as the Dean of Enrollment Management at Huston-Tillotson University and Vice President of Enrollment Management where he launched the new Adult Degree Programs for working adults. At Langston University, he served in served in several capacities including Associate Director of Enrollment Management, the Director of Admissions & Recruitment, and the Director of Student Life/Disability Officer. Over the course of his career, Dr. Russell has managed more than 10,000 beds in student housing at various colleges and universities.


Dr. Russell a graduate of Texas Southern University and holds an M. Ed. in Urban Education from Langston University and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University.

Dr. Russell has a deep commitment to diverse students and his primary goal is to promote spaces that allow a sense of belonging as well as provide outlets for educational, cultural and leadership development, advocacy, and support.