Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Commercialization
Mr. Russell Thomasson serves as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Commercialization and Director of Corporate Engagement. In his role, Russell provides leadership for Corporate Engagement, Technology Commercialization, and Federal Relations.
Prior to joining the Office of Corporate Engagement, Thomasson served as the Chief of Staff to Kent Hance, Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. In that role, Thomasson acted as liaison to the vice chancellors and senior administrators of the component institutions as well as other constituencies including industry partners throughout the state and region. Before joining the Texas Tech University System, Thomasson practiced law with the Lubbock law firm of Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne & Aycock, P.C., and the Dallas law firm of Cowles & Thompson, P.C. His legal areas of focus included general, healthcare and commercial litigation, real estate, estate planning, guardianship and business transactional law. He also served as Assistant District Attorney for a brief period in the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office.
Thomasson grew up in Lubbock and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998, receiving a BBA in Accounting and serving as the Texas Tech University Student Body President. He received his law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law in 2001 and was selected to the National Order of Barristers for his success in courtroom advocacy.
He is the Chairman of the Board for the National Institute for Renewable Energy (NIRE), serves on the board of directors for the Greater West Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization (RCIC) and is a member of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO).
Thomasson has been recognized by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock as a 20 Under 40 award recipient. He served on the board of directors for the Texas Young Lawyers Association and is a founding member of the Texas Tech Club. He is married to Gracelyn Thomasson, they have five children and are members of Melonie Park Church in Lubbock.