UNA Board of Trustee member Simpson Russell.

UNA’s Summer Commencement to Feature Russell

Jul. 27, 2022



Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – More than 300 students will graduate as part of the University of North Alabama’s summer commencement ceremonies set to take place Saturday in Norton Auditorium. Simpson Russell, a member of the UNA Board of Trustees and former president pro tempore, is set to provide the address for both ceremonies. 

“Simpson has served on UNA’s Board for almost a decade, and, in that time, he has overseen tremendous growth in our enrollment and on our physical campus,” said UNA’s President Dr. Ken Kitts. “I have no doubt that his long and distinguished career, as well as his service on UNA’s governing body, will provide valuable insight to our graduates.”

Russell is a native of Jackson, Tenn., and is a retired bank chairman and chief executive officer who has promoted the best interests of the northwest Alabama area that he has called home for almost 40 years. Russell has also been active in community affairs and in serving as a vocal advocate for economic development projects. As chairman of the Shoals Economic Development Authority, he worked closely with the Retirement Systems of Alabama in the late 1990s and early 2000s to facilitate the development of the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and of the two 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf courses in the area. In 2013, Russell received his initial gubernatorial appointment to the UNA Board of Trustees.

All graduate students from all colleges will participate in the 9 a.m. ceremony on July 30; while all undergraduate students from all colleges will participate in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony. Both ceremonies will be live streamed on UNA’s Official YouTube Channel. Graduates are allowed a maximum of seven guests and are required to check in together as a group.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs through the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/