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College hires director of diversity and multicultural affairs

December 14, 2017
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Kenneth Russell
Kenneth Russell. Courtesy Cornerstone University

A local college has a new director of diversity and multicultural affairs.

Cornerstone University said last month it hired Kenneth Russell for the position.

Russell’s job, which is new at Cornerstone, is to specifically promote cultural diversity.

It consists of working with students, faculty, staff and others to "equip them" with the knowledge to think theologically about race and diversity.

“I am excited about my new role, because it is a perfect blend of my passions, gifts and calling,” Russell said. “I am able to fully embody my calling as a pastor-theologian — one who thinks deeply and theologically and leads with the heart of a pastor.”

A licensed pastor, Russell has served several local churches, including Tribes Church in Rockford and The Edge Urban Fellowship in Grand Rapids, prior to joining the Cornerstone staff.

“It is essential for Cornerstone to have students, faculty and staff from various places or different cultural backgrounds to not only reflect the diversity of the kingdom, but to also properly prepare students to be influencers in a diverse and changing world,” Russell said. “Part of our ability to influence others will be determined by our capacity to understand people of different backgrounds.”

Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master of divinity, summa cum laude, from the Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

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