Russell Keen is an administrator with more than 20 years of experience in higher education. As Executive Vice President for External Relations and Chief of Staff to the President, Keen manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President and provides executive leadership to Augusta University’s Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, Foundations, Government Relations, Protocol and Special Events, Volunteer Services and Community Engagement programs. Keen began his career in higher education in 2001 when he served as the Director for Annual Giving at Georgia Southern University. He was later named Atlanta Regional Development Director and Associate Vice President for Government Relations for the university. Prior to his arrival at Augusta University, Keen served as Vice President for External Affairs at Georgia Southern. He has also worked for the University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center.
Keen is a graduate of the 2010 Class of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, the 2011 Class of Leadership Bulloch, the 2012 Class of Leadership Georgia, the 2012 Class of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, a 2014 graduate of the Protocol School of Washington and the 2016 Class of Leadership Columbia County. He also serves on the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Augusta, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Conservative Policy Leadership Institute and the Government Affairs Council of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Past affiliations and community involvement include the American Heart Association (Heart Ball Chairman 2018), United Way of the CSRA Board of Directors, Statesboro Rotary Club Board of Directors and the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Keen is a native of the Augusta area and a graduate of Lakeside High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Georgia Southern University and a doctor of higher education degree from the University of Georgia.