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Russell C. Collett

Russell C. Collett

Vice President of Operations at The Art Institute of Chicago

Russell C. Collett is the Vice President of Operations at The Art Institute of Chicago and is responsible for design and construction, museum facilities, physical plant, security, safety, and visitor experience.   The AIC is the second largest art museum in the United States housing a world-renowned encyclopedic collection including approximately 300,000 works of art in 11 curatorial departments, and was rated the #1 museum in the world by TripAdvisor travelers in 2014. 

Mr. Collett also served in the United States Secret Service for over 25 years as a special agent and high-ranking official and planned successful security for eight U.S. presidents, visiting world leaders, and our nation’s critical infrastructure and key assets.   Russ served personally on the prestigious Presidential Protective Division for Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.   Mr. Collett also directed the Service’s financial, cyber and electronic crime investigations in Chicago, one of the agency’s largest field districts.

As Chief Operating Officer for an international security company, Russ also led a best-in-class customer service program for Fortune 500, multinational Real Estate Investment Trusts, and property management firm clients at their 450 commercial properties located throughout the United States and England.

Russ also served as a Director of Strategic Business Development for a start-up software company and provided leadership over the development, sales, and implementation of a cutting-edge integrated technology solution used to enhance operations, enterprise risk management, and compliance in multiple verticals including k-12/higher education, healthcare, retail and commercial, public venue, stadium, hospitality, and manufacturing. 

Russ earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed graduate course study at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Smithsonian Conference on Cultural Property Protection and the Illinois Security Professionals Association and is an active member of ASIS International, APEX – Asset Protection Executives, the International Foundation of Cultural Property Protection, ASIS Chicago, the Association of Former Agents U.S. Secret Service, and the City of Chicago’s Hotel, Entertainment and Tourism community.


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A New Approach: Applying Data and Analytics for Decision-Making at the Art Institute of Chicago

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