Heather Rakoczy Russell’s tenure as associate VP for residential life ends
Observer Staff Report | Friday, September 22, 2023
Heather Rakoczy Russell’s 12-year tenure as associate vice president for residential life ended Sept. 15, according to University spokesperson Sue Ryan.
Ryan said in an emailed statement Tuesday that a nationwide search for Russell’s replacement will commence in the coming weeks.
According to Student Affairs, Russell oversaw Notre Dame’s 33 undergraduate communities, graduate communities and residential master planning.
Under Russell’s direction, Notre Dame completed construction on four dorms: Dunne, Flaherty, Baumer and Johnson Family Halls. The University also closed the Zahm Hall community and established an undergraduate community at Fischer Graduate Residences during Russell’s time as associate vice president.
Russell graduated from Notre Dame in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology. She returned to the University in 1998, serving as the rector of Pangborn Hall from 1998 to 2005 and as the founding director of the Gender Relations Center from 2004 to 2011.
In April 2011, Russell was named associate vice president for residential life.