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Profile of Excellence


     Rex Russell

Rex Russell

"It was a watershed moment, the education I received at Owens gave me a leg up in my field"

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Criminal Justice Technology, AAS


Profile of Excellence:
Rex Russell
Owens Community College Alumnus

Rex Russell was born and raised in Fostoria, Ohio, and a 1973 graduate of Fostoria High School. Son of a Fostoria policeman, Russell knew from an early age he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps.

"My dad tried to talk me out of it, he tried to convince me to study Art or Biology," said Russell.

After gaining experience in a Fostoria police cadet program, he moved to Toledo. His father's words, "having a family and being a policeman doesn't mix," were always in the back of his mind.

Russell decided to moonlight as an EMT and study to become an X-ray technician. While doing that, he was appointed as an auxiliary policeman for Sylvania Township. There he was given the opportunity to take classes at Owens Community College in the Police Academy.

"Owens was great, I was able to go part-time and received credit for classes I had already taken," said Russell. "The stuff they taught me I used from day one until the day I retired."

After Russell graduated from Owens with an associate degree, he became a deputy sheriff patrolman for Wood County.

"It was a watershed moment, the education I received at Owens gave me a leg up in my field," said Russell.

He continued his education and received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. He aspired to one day become a federal agent. That dream came true after the events on 9/11 occurred. At the time, he was working as a special agent for the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, a state agency, who loaned personnel to help staff the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

After 33 years in law enforcement, Russell decided to retire and help his wife, Mindy, run Big Daddy Graphics, a company they started together in 1996. In 2007, they expanded and purchased a building in Perrysburg.

In a few years they would like to expand the business to include a second shift and an auto press to compete with larger printing companies. Right now the locals keep Big Daddy Graphics busy and well known around the community.

After raising four sons and a daughter, a career in law enforcement and a thriving graphics business, Russell dreams of retiring to Florida with his wife and leaving Big Daddy Graphics to one of his children to run.

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