HSC Names New CFO, Hires VP and Executive Director of UNTHSC Foundation

Kimberly Russell, a vice president at Texas Woman's University, was named HSC’s new vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the UNTHSC Foundation. Kemp Louis was promoted to chief financial officer.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center announced new top administrators, one a vice president at Texas Woman’s University and the other a current employee at HSC.

Kimberly Russell, vice president for University Advancement at Texas Woman’s University and executive director of the TWU Foundation, was named HSC’s new vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the UNTHSC Foundation.

Kemp Louis was promoted to chief financial officer. Most recently, he was HSC’s executive director for Budget and Financial Systems.

Taking fundraising ‘to a new level’

“Dr. Russell is an experienced professional who can help us take our fundraising initiatives to a new level, while Mr. Louis has shown time and time again that he is prepared to help lead HSC’s financial operations,” HSC President Sylvia Trent-Adams said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to having them on the leadership team.”

Russell, a UNT alumna, begins her new role Aug. 15, while Louis became CFO earlier this month.

Russell has worked at TWU since 2018 and led all fundraising campaigns and activities for the TWU System in Denton, Dallas and Houston. While there, she implemented alumni engagement strategies, managed the TWU Foundation’s operations, and built stronger donor, alumni and community relationships, HSC said.

Russell was instrumental in increasing fundraising support each year and worked closely with TWU leadership to secure a groundbreaking $15 million gift, the largest single gift in the university’s history.

She also drove the growth of foundation assets by more than 30% and played a pivotal role in preparing the university for the public launch of its first-ever comprehensive campaign, HSC said.

“I am grateful to HSC President Sylvia Trent-Adams and the search committee for this fantastic opportunity and look forward to joining the HSC leadership team,” Russell said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work collectively to generate additional support and engagement for HSC’s unique mission and values and to help improve the overall well-being of our communities.”

At the health science center, Russell will supervise the Institutional Advancement staff, and will manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospective donors in all phases of qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

She also will work closely with UNTHSC Foundation board members to ensure that its priorities align with HSC’s strategic and operational needs.

Before TWU, Russell was chancellor at Louisiana State University’s regional campus in Eunice, where she and her team increased enrollment by more than 22%, expanded academic programs in nursing and health sciences, created one of the first early-college high schools in Louisiana, and established three new intercollegiate sports programs.

From 1999 until 2015, Russell served Tyler Junior College as executive director of the TJC Foundation and vice president for Institutional Advancement. During her time there, the college secured two of the largest gifts in its history and completed the construction of a new nursing and health sciences facility.

Supporting the HSC mission with strong finances

Prior to working at HSC, Louis held senior finance leadership roles at various corporations, including Citi, where he served as a senior vice president of strategic business planning and CFO for Global Consumer Technology’s operating unit.

At Citi, Louis created and led the strategy and approach to streamline the investment planning processes across the consumer technology’s finance, capacity planning, and project management organizations to optimize the technology investment portfolio, HSC said.

As the CFO of Global Consumer Technology, Louis successfully led a team that developed and managed the financial framework for a five-year $2 billion technology and operation investment.

In his new role at HSC, Louis is responsible for the university’s accounting, finance activities, financial planning and reporting, business forecasting, revenue management, cash-flow tracking and management, deal analysis, and negotiations and investor relationships.

“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to be a member of the HSC leadership team and lead the financial and planning components that serve the HSC campus,” Louis said in a statement. “I look forward to providing financial and thought leadership in support of the HSC mission and working to achieve our strategic objectives.”

The UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth trains the healthcare providers and public health providers of the future, while expanding the frontiers of scientific discovery.

In HSC’s six schools, students learn to work in teams and to develop an innovative mindset that prepares them for a rapidly changing health landscape. HSC Health, the clinical enterprise of the Health Science Center, provides patient-centered care to people across Tarrant County.

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