Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean, Division of Continuing Studies
Areas of Responsibility
The vice provost for lifelong learning and dean of the Division of Continuing Studies provides leadership and administrative oversight for programs that engage the community in lifelong learning. This encompasses a diverse menu of noncredit offerings and credit outreach programs, as well as UW-Madison’s Summer Term. Continuing Studies advises and admits adults seeking to enroll as University Special or Guest Students, and markets the Advance Your Career portfolio of degree and certificate programs tailored for working adults
Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., PE, F NSPE, Dist. M.ASCE, is the vice provost for lifelong learning and dean of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff first joined UW-Madison’s faculty in 1989. He chaired the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a co-founded the Construction Engineering and Management program. Jeff earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati, along with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin.
Jeff grew up in a construction family. His father ran the field operations for a small regional contractor in northeast Ohio, and Jeff spent his youth working in construction, where he learned the value of hard work, integrity and organization. He has always respected the important role labor plays in achieving project success. Strongly influenced by his sister, who has Down syndrome, Jeff values the importance of family, the joys of life, and the appreciation of differences.