Jack Russell Nelson was born in 1929 and died on March 23, 2016.
He was an American educator.
He served as a chancellor/president of the University of Colorado Boulder and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Nelson served as an associate professor in finance at the University of Minnesota.
He relocated to become vice provost and professor in finance at the University of Colorado-Boulder, in 1970.
During his first stint at the university, he was rapidly promoted, to associate provost (in 1971), vice president for budgets and planning (1972–74), vice president of administration (1974–77) until becoming acting chancellor in 1977 and chancellor in 1978.
J. Russell Nelson resigned in 1989 to return to Boulder and lead CU’s College of Business Administration.
However, Richard Peck, a former English professor and then provost and vice president of academic affairs, was named as interim president, serving until the installation of Lattie F. Coor on January 1, 1990.
He retired from academia in 1992.
J. Russell Nelson passed away at 86 yrs old.