John Russell (GS-70, Choral Music) is a native of Asheville. He is in his tenth year as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of The Montford Park Players, North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, where he has increased attendance by 500% and revenue by 750% in that time.
John holds the Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. He serves and has served on various committees for the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Institute of Outdoor Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre Association, and has lectured on Strategic Planning at several international conferences. He is a Charter Member, Past President and currently serves as Secretary of the Rotary Club of Asheville-Metro, and is a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation. In 2017 Governor Roy Cooper appointed John to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Arts Council. In his spare time he plays golf poorlybut enthusiastically and volunteers at Manna FoodBank.
John encourages every alumnus, parent, and friend to contribute to the North Carolina Governor's School Foundation.