Russell John Arthur earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration
in 1972. Drafted into the U.S. Army, he spent 15 months in northern Italy in a special
weapons ordinance company. After his military service he returned to Southeastern
to pursue his Master of Business Administration degree. He joined the Martin Marietta
Corporation in 1978 as a mechanical assembler on the External Tank Project of the
Space Shuttle Program. Mr. Arthur currently is the manager of employee motivation
programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility,
where he is also responsible for all employee recognition and awards and the NASA
Space Flight Awareness Program.
He has received numerous awards, including the NASA Astronaut's Sliver Snoopy Award
for outstanding contributions to the Space Shuttle Program. He has been a guest speaker
at Southeastern's Business Week each year since 1980. He serves on the College of
Business Dean's Advisory Committee, and as an adjunct instructor. He currently lives
in Mandeville with his wife Susan. Their son Ian graduated from Southeastern in 2004
with a degree in management.