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Russell James


Professor, Texas Tech University (2013-present); Associate Professor, Texas Tech University (2010-2013); Assistant Professor, University of Georgia (2006-2010); College President (with direct and supervisory fundraising responsibility) – Central Christian College (2000-2005); Director of Planned Giving – Central Christian College (1994-1999); Private law practice limited to estate & gift planning and nonprofit organizations law (1994-2000); University of Missouri, B.A., 1992, J.D., 1994; Ph.D., Consumer & Family Economics (dissertation on religious charitable giving), 2002.

Leadership / Awards Texas Tech University

2012 Teacher of the Year: Personal Financial Planning Association; Associate Editor - Journal of Consumer Affairs. 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award – University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences. 2009 ACCI CFP® board financial planning research award. Housing Education and Research Association's 2008 Early Career Award. United Missouri Bank Award for Most Outstanding Work in Gift and Estate Taxation and Planning (law school). American Jurisprudence Award for Most Outstanding Work in Federal Income Tax Law (law school).



Dien Yuen 袁詩鈿

Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP® is Executive Director, Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact at The American College of Financial Services and Blunt-Nickel Professor in Philanthropy. In this role, she works with practitioners in the field, creating a shared space to develop multi-disciplinary ideas to advance social change. New initiatives include Purpose School, a program for leaders exploring the intersections of purpose and social impact, and the Advisors of Color in Philanthropy Network, a movement to bring diversity into the philanthropic advising sector.

Dien’s research and teaching focus on access and growth of philanthropic advising in the U.S. and Asia. Before joining the College, she worked in several wealth management firms and held executive positions in regional and global development organizations. Dien is on the boards of The 1990 Institute, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA). She is on the advisory boards of the Asia Society of Northern California (ASNC), GlobalSF, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, and Arowana Impact Fund.

She holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation from The American College of Financial Services and the Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®) designation from NAEPC. She received her LL.M. in International Law at Golden Gate University, her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Adrian College.