After 26 incredible years with the University of Michigan, Program Manager Jean DuRussel-Weston recently announced her plans to retire in July of 2021. DuRussel-Weston has been involved with Project Healthy Schools since its inception in 2004. “This is a difficult decision to make when you love your work and the people you work with,” said DuRussel-Weston, “but I am looking forward to the next chapter and the exciting opportunities it holds. The University of Michigan has played an important role in my career and my life choices, and I am grateful for my time here.”
DuRussel-Weston will be working closely in the coming weeks with program founder Dr. Kim Eagle, the MHealthy leadership team, and PHS staff to identify her replacement and ensure a smooth transition in the management of the program.
“I believe that Project Healthy Schools has and will continue to change the lives of children in a critically positive way,” she said. “We need to continue this mission until every child has the resources and the opportunity to lead a long and healthy life.”
Under Jean’s direction, the program has reached 141 schools and over 88,500 students across the state of Michigan, as well as programming in Arizona and Bangladesh. Under her leadership, the PHS program has earned numerous organizational awards and recognitions, including a Governor’s Fitness Award and the U-M President’s Staff Award of Distinction. DuRussel-Weston was key in building numerous partnerships and relationships that led to major program expansions across the state.
Project Healthy Schools will miss Jean’s leadership, and we thank her for her outstanding service!