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Russ Hersman Honored as Alumnus of the Year

PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah University is pleased to honor Russ Hersman as Alumnus of the Year.
Hersman, who graduated from MU in 1978, is chief operations officer for Wycliffe, one of the largest Bible-translating organizations in the world. He said he’s humbled by the recognition and grateful to be selected.
“Multnomah was hugely important in preparing me for ministry,” Hersman said. “The glory goes to God. My wife, Lynda, and I have loved Multnomah all these years. All three of our kids went there, and they all loved their time there.”
After graduating from Multnomah, Hersman and his wife were working for Wycliffe when they decided to serve in Africa. The couple moved to a small village in Sudan, where they began a Bible translation project. A year later, they moved into administrative work.
During his 21 years in Africa, Hersman was as a linguist, translator, office manager, support services manager and branch director. The Hersmans moved back to the States in 1999, and Hersman served in Wycliffe’s personnel department before becoming senior vice president.
At the Wycliffe headquarters in Orlando, Fla., Hersman is responsible for leading the executive team as they mobilize prayer, people and funds for the greatest acceleration of Bible translation in the Church’s history.
Michelle Underwood, Multnomah’s director of alumni relations, says Hersman’s commitment to honoring God and putting others first is one of the reasons he was selected as Alumnus of the Year.
“His years at Wycliffe demonstrate to MU students a longevity and passion for biblical exegesis, literacy, training and translation,” she said. “Integrity, transparency, honor and respect describe Russ Hersman and the life he lives. We are delighted to honor him this year.”
About Multnomah University
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit