As Chief Technology Officer, Russ Hester manages the Information Technology Services department, the eLearning Services department, coordinates school district technology strategies and serves as technology advisor to the administrative team.
Russ has worked in the Information Technology field since 1980 in the following roles: Software design and development, technology training, database administration, project management, IT consulting and IT management.
During the 1990's, Russ
founded, owned, and managed several technology-related corporations including a software development firm and several eCommerce online retail stores.
Prior to employment at Francis Tuttle, Russ
worked for The American Education Corporation
was responsible for the creation and implementation of A+ University
, an online technology training organization.
holds a number of instructional certifications.
He serves as adjunct faculty for the Certified Online Instructor program at Francis Tuttle.
He also teaches computer science, software design, information technology management, and e-commerce related courses serving as adjunct faculty member for DeVry University, for Keller Graduate School, and for the University of Phoenix, where he received the 2008 Faculty of the Year award.
In terms of community service interests, Russ serves on the Board of Directors for HeartLine encompassing the following community programs: The Gatekeeper program of Oklahoma County; The Volunteer Center of Central Oklahoma; and the Oklahoma 2-1-1 call center.
Russ also serves as program advisor for the Last Frontier Council/Learning for Life program.
Russ holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Education degree in Technology and Design from Jones International University.
holds an Oklahoma School Superintendent Certification and is completing requirements for his
Oklahoma School Administrator Certification.