University of Southern Mississippi president Martha Saunders has appointed Russ Willis vice president of administrative affairs, pending approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.
Willis has served as interim vice president since Aug. 2010. Following approval, his appointment will take effect July 1, 2011. His duties include the overall financial management of the university and its physical plant.
Willis is a Pensacola, Fla., native and a 1989 Southern Miss graduate having earned a degree in political science. He also holds a J.D. degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In 1992 he joined the Southern Miss staff working first in student affairs then moving to human resources as associate director in 1997. He spent eight years as director of human resources before adding the position of interim vice president.
Willis will be assisted in his position by assistant vice president for financial affairs Allyson Easterwood and director of the Physical Plant Division Chris Crenshaw.