Throughout his career, former President of Oakland University Gary Russi has devoted significant reserves of time and energy to a number of philanthropic and civic-minded activities in and around his local community. Among others, he has served on the board of directors for organizations including the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Meadow Brook Performing Arts Company, and Michigan Virtual University, which he also served as vice chair and chair. Furthermore, he co-chaired both the Rochester Hills Mayor’s Business Council and the Oakland County Business Roundtable. A strong proponent of the arts, Gary Russi also served on the board of directors for the Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation.
In recognition of his accomplishments in both the professional and civic arenas, Gary Russi has received a number of awards and honors, including the Executive of the Year Award presented by the Mayor’s Business Council and the Morgan Family Lifetime Achievement Award given by Sunrise Pinnacle Awards.