President of AT&T Georgia keynote speaker for Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Posted by ncarter | 01/5/2012 05:16 AM

The annual celebration hosted by four colleges in Augusta to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held on Friday, January 13, at noon at Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Sylvia Russell, president of AT&T Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia will be the guest speaker. 

Russell has spent 15 years with AT&T. She began her career in 1992 in Greensboro, North Carolina as a Senior Attorney to AT&T’s business services unit which managed sales relationships with Fortune 100 businesses and the United States Government. In 1996, she moved to Atlanta where she was promoted to General Attorney, supporting AT&T’s entry into the local telecommunications market.  In 2000, she became Vice President of Law and Government Affairs for the Southern Region. Following the completion of AT&T’s merger with SBC in late 2005, Russell was asked to lead External Affairs in the Southeast.

Russell serves in a number of leadership positions in organizations in Atlanta and around the state.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Allies, a partnership between state government and private business designed to promote Georgia’s economic development.  She also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Georgia Partnership For Excellence In Education.  She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Atlanta Education Fund’s College Success Network, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Woodruff Arts Center and for Atlanta Landmarks, Inc.  Also, Russell was recently appointed by Governor Perdue to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education.

Russell was born in Nurnberg, Germany. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey.  She has two sons, Eric and Kevin and a chocolate Labrador, Chip.

Russell was appointed to the State Board by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2007, as an At Large Representative.  She currently serves a vice chair of the Adult Education Committee and serves on the External Affairs and Economic Development Committee.

This free event is a collaborative effort of Augusta State University, Paine College, Augusta Technical College, and Georgia Health Sciences University. For more information, call Paine College's Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322.