About Russell Mawby
Russell Mawby earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University in 1959 after serving in the military from 1953 to 1955. He developed a powerful national and international reputation in the related areas of leadership development, philanthropy, volunteerism, and management of nonprofits.
In 1964, Mawby joined the W. K. Kellogg Foundation as head of the Division of Agriculture. He became president and CEO of the foundation in 1970. In 1982, the foundation’s board named him chairman and chief executive officer, titles he held until he retired from the foundation in 1995. Under Mawby’s leadership, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation became the second largest in the world in terms of assets close behind the Ford Foundation.
Mawby played key roles in the creation of several nonprofit organizations, including the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State College. Mawby is a recipient of the International Leadership Association Lifetime Achievement Award.Explore the complete oral history of Russell Mawby