Ardys Russakis

Executive Director, Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Ardys Russakis

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Ardys joined Towson University in 1996. During her 20+ years with the Division, she has led numerous initiatives to expand its reach across the region and has fostered collaborations between Division units and across the Towson University campus.

As executive director for Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Ardys oversees implementation, execution, and monitoring of the Division's strategic plans. This includes short and long-range goals, campus integration, and operational policy initiatives. She develops solutions to ensure divisional resource alignment to support the strategic priorities of the University. She also provides business development support and oversight of performance goals and measurements. 

Previously, Ardys served as executive director for the former Applied Research and Technical Services group. She provided leadership and management of a diverse team of professionals—Center for GIS, Cloud Services & IT Consulting, Regional Economic and Studies Institute—working across a wide range of disciplines. Collectively, these teams provide analytical, technical, and research services to the region's federal and state agencies, county and local governments, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies.

Ardys also served as managing director of the Center for GIS (CGIS), where she oversaw project management; maintained the group’s reputation for competence among clients, vendors, partners, and official entities by setting standards for excellence in service and deliverables; and developed and maintained infrastructure to support business processes. Ardys played a major role in strategic planning for business development and fiscal management for CGIS and expanded Towson University’s role as a state and regional resource for GIS services, applications, and training.

Since 2009, she has served as Principal Investigator Towson University’s role in the Maryland Broadband Mapping Initiative, a component of the federally-funded state broadband initiative to map broadband across Maryland and identify served and unserved areas.

Ardys also oversaw an Institute of Museum and Library Services SPARKS Grant that piloted a GIS project to develop a tool to incorporate GIS as a resource to help library administrators achieve a better understanding of their library’s user base and its associated demographics, needs, and preferred uses of the library’s resources.


Ardys holds a M.S. in organizational development and strategic human resources from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. (magna cum laude) in geography and environmental planning from Towson University.


Ardys’ hobbies include cooking, gardening, and travel.

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