Russell Yost MBA'05, APR

Chief Communications Officer

Russell Yost MBA'05, APR is chief communications officer (CCO), managing the daily operations of the University Communications function and crafting and shepherding the overall communications strategy for the University.

Previously, Russell served as Director of Marketing for Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management and assisted in the launch of the University’s MBA program in Portland.

A dedicated member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the American Marketing Association (AMA), Russell earned his Accreditation in Public Relations in 2014 and served on the Portland-based boards for both the AMA and the PRSA. He is currently serving on the executive committee for PRSA's Counselors to Higher Education (CHE) section, and is chair of the West Coast Forum. He is a graduate of the Leadership Portland Program and a member of the Oregon Public Broadcasting Business Partners Steering Committee.

Russell is a proud Willamette MBA alumnus and earned his undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University. He loves attending events on campus - including music concerts, theatre shows and art exhibitions - and cheering on the Bearcats (and Gonzaga Bulldogs).