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Keen follows Keel to GRU
Georgia Southern alum to be chief of staff at Augusta school
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Russell Keen

Russell Keen, Georgia Southern University’s vice president for external affairs, is leaving to join Georgia Regents University as executive vice president for external relations and chief of staff to incoming GRU President Brooks A. Keel.
Keel, who was president at Georgia Southern in Statesboro for more than five years, takes office Monday as president of Georgia Regents University in Augusta. Keen, the transitioning vice president, will begin his new role July 27.
"While I am honored to be chosen by Dr. Keel to serve as his chief of staff at GRU, it is with a heavy heart that I leave Georgia Southern,” Keen said in the news release announcing his departure. “The university has been part of my life for a very long time. I am proud and grateful for the many accomplishments we have made together as a University community.”
Keen has spent the majority of his career serving Georgia Southern, first as director of annual giving and later as associate vice president for governmental relations.
He also spent time as the Atlanta regional development director and worked for the University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and for the SafePath Children's Advocacy Center.
Keen currently serves as foundation director for the Rotary Club of Statesboro and is active with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Council. He has also served on the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was appointed Bulloch County representative for the Coastal Regional Commission.
Keen is a graduate of the 2009 Class of Leadership Bulloch, the 2012 Class of Leadership Georgia, the Georgia Academy of Economic Development and a 2014 graduate of The Protocol School of Washington. He is a native of the Augusta area and a graduate of Lakeside High School.
He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Georgia Southern.
“I will miss the camaraderie I have enjoyed with faculty, staff, students and the entire community as well as the personal bonds I have made with so many,” Keen said. “I am very excited for this new opportunity with Georgia Regents and Dr. Keel, but there remains no question that I will forever be an Eagle.”

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