Dr. Rosilee Russell, executive director of the Academy of the Arts at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, has been appointed to the state’s Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children.
The council advises and consults the state’s Commissioner of Education and the Administrator of the Office for the Education of Gifted & Talented Children. Additionally, the council creates a yearly report to the Governor and other state officials with recommendations to better develop gifted and talented students.
Russell said her joining the advisory council was “a great fit.”
“I think the arts are such an important component to help children to grow and show demonstrated academic improvement,” Russell said. “I’m very excited and honored to be a part of the council.”
Russell has worked at UAFS since 1990, and was associate professor and artist-in-residence in the university’s Department of Music and Theatre until 2010. In 2006, she began the Academy of the Arts, a preparatory program which provides instruction in the visual and performing arts to children and youth. The Academy currently serves more than 800 students per semester, from preschool through high school.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Baylor University, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.