Russell E. Armistead
Chief Executive Officer
UF Health Jacksonville
Administration, 1st Floor
655 S. 8th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209-6597
Russell E. Armistead currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UF Health Jacksonville. Russ has broad experience in academic health center and medical school administration. Prior to this role he served as the Associate Vice President, UF Health Science Center, Office of Finance and Planning with the University of Florida since 2004.
Before joining UF, he was President and Owner of his own consulting firm where he was instrumental in helping engineer a one-year financial turnaround of a Teaching Hospital in Ohio.
He was at Wake Forest University (WFU) for twenty-four years, serving as Vice President for Health Services Administration for fourteen of those years, managing all business operations for the university’s nationally ranked medical school. In addition to having core financial responsibilities, he was responsible for strategic planning, human resources, government relations, and contractual relationships between the medical school and its teaching hospital. Prior to his Vice President role with Wake Forest University, Russ was Director of both the WFU Group Faculty Practice and the Strategic Planning Office. He began his career as a member of the audit staff at Ernst & Young in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Russ has a Master’s of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Tech. He was a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and North Carolina. He serves in an advisory capacity on the University of North Florida Dean’s Council, Board Member of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida and the United Way of Northeast Florida, member of the Jacksonville Civic Council, and a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. In 2015, Russ was the recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal Ultimate CEO Award for setting the standard in the corporate community, including civic leadership and charitable contributions.
Russ is a native of Virginia and currently resides on the Southbank of Jacksonville with his wife, Susan. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.