About Us

Wayne Angell Distinguished Chair of Economics
Associate Professor of Economics

Phone: 785-248-2551
Email: russ.mccullough@ottawa.edu
PhD - Iowa State University
BA - St. Cloud State University
AA - Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Dr. Russ McCullough was raised in Minnesota and completed his BA degree in Economics at St. Cloud University.  He moved to Ames, Iowa to attend graduate school at Iowa State University and finished his doctorate in Economics in 2003.  Russ is both an academic and a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovating.  His business ventures included real estate development-sales-property management, a construction company, a restaurant, a boutique hotel and an equestrian center.  He is a veteran in the classroom with outstanding student reviews, uses his business experience to make economics real and understandable, and is excited to devote his energy, passion and leadership to Ottawa University.

Gwartney Institute Professor of Economic Education and Research
Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

PhD - Kansas State University
BBA - Kansas State University
Dr. Levi Russell currently serves as the Gwartney Institute Professor of Economic Education and Research at Ottawa University’s Angell Snyder School of Business. A native of Kansas, Dr. Russell earned degrees in finance and economics at Kansas State University. Prior to joining Ottawa, he  was a professor of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia.
Dr.  Russell has taught courses in finance, political economy, agricultural policy, production economics, and business strategy. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of economics and politics, with an emphasis on the way policy is determined, the unintended consequences of policy, and the design of government and private institutions for serving the needs of people.  He is a specialist at bringing economic concepts and principles to people of all ages and backgrounds through simple but compelling writing and speaking.