James Henry Russell, Ed.D., CPA, currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Arnold Companies (TAC). Before joining TAC, Russell served in various capacities with a vast background in public education, public accounting, civic leadership, and corporate governance including his role as staff accountant with Thomas & Thomas CPAs, Chief Financial Officer and Superintendent of Texarkana Independent School District, President of Texarkana College, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BWI Companies, Inc.
Through his numerous leadership roles in Texas, Bowie County, and his community, Russell has acted as an advocate for state and local economic and educational success. He currently serves as President Elect of the Caddo Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, Advisory Board Member of the Literacy Council of Bowie and Miller Counties, Founder and Executive Officer of AR-TX Regional Economic Development Incorporated, Trustee and Head Usher at Williams Memorial UMC, and Board Member and Audit Committee Chairman of the State Bank.
A Certified Public Accountant, Russell earned a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, a Master’s in Education Administration from Texas A&M University, Texarkana, and Doctorate of Education in Leadership from American College of Education, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Russell and his wife of 30 years, Rosemary, are both natives of Texarkana and are parents to Madeleine, Colleen, and Reed.