Russell George, J.D.


Russell George, J.D. - Boettcher Foundation

Russell George served as president of Colorado Northwestern Community College, with campuses in Rangely and Craig, from 2010 to 2017. Prior to that, he served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, a role he was appointed to by Gov. Bill Ritter, from 2007 through 2010.

Russ’s career also includes leadership roles at the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992 and was elected by his peers to serve as speaker of the House in 1999.

From 1976 until 2000, Russ practiced law with Stuver and George, P.C., a law firm in the western Colorado city of Rifle that handled water, real estate, oil and gas, business and other legal matters.

Russ is an alumnus of the foundation’s Boettcher Scholarship program and previously served as trustee of the organization from 2005-2007. He is a graduate of Rifle High School, Colorado State University and Harvard Law School.

Community Involvement:

  • Western Colorado Community Foundation, board of trustees
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board, director