Kent and Annette Russell Establish Legacy Gift

June, 2017

-Kent & Annette Russell-

ORO VALLEY, Arizona – Ask Ogden High School sweethearts and Weber State alumni Kent BS ’68 and Annette AS ’65 Russell what stirs their passions, and they’ll probably say friends. (Well … friends, travel and golf!) Before Kent retired, his CPA-turned-health care executive-career took the family from Ogden to cities on both North American coasts. Wherever they moved, Kent and Annette brought along treasured memories of friendships forged with childhood pals and college classmates. They left Ogden in 1968 but have returned every year since then to visit. Annette still plans sleepovers with eight “Ogden neighbor girls.” (Although no one gets much sleep, what with all the laughing and talking.) Kent, a self-proclaimed introvert, credits experiences at Weber State for sharpening his social skills and laying the cornerstone for his successful career. 

In tribute to their alma mater and beloved hometown, the Russells started scholarship funds at WSU 16 years ago and recently arranged to have a portion of their estate given to the university upon their deaths. This generous legacy gift will permanently fund scholarships within the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics and the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education. Applicants from Weber County will receive preference.

“There’s a certain loyalty you feel to the place where you grew up and the school that launched your career. We figure that a gift to Weber State is also a gift to the city of Ogden.” Kent Russell

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Chris Barragan, Goddard School of Business & Economics Development Director
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