Dr. Russell W. Booker
Dr. Russell W. Booker began his tenure as Superintendent of Spartanburg County School District Seven in July 2010. With a heart for children and an unwavering faith in the power of education, he believes our greatest hope for the future is to inspire and equip our children for meaningful lives of leadership and service.
Dr. Booker received his BS degree in Education from Wingate University in North Carolina and his PhD from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Dr. Booker, entering his 28th year in education, has garnered a wide range of regional, state and national distinctions. In 2015, he was named the South Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) and was also named Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association. He is a past president of SCASA’s Superintendents’ Division. In 2009, he was recognized by the Career and Technical Education Administrators as the South Carolina Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Booker is described as a values-based leader and a champion for children and has quickly propelled District 7 into the national spotlight as a model district in the Southeast. In 2015, Dr. Booker was invited to join the nation’s elite League of Innovative Schools which was created by Congress in 2008. The League is a national network of education leaders who are seen as pioneers in innovative learning and leadership. In 2015, the experts at Apple applauded the District as an Apple Distinguished Program – one of only 300 educational institutions in the world to honored at that time.
Dr. Booker is a South Carolina Liberty Fellow and is a graduate of the Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute and of the Spartanburg Regional Fellows program. He is a member of the Spartanburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., The Southside Lions Club, and The Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Club. Dr. Booker is Vice-Chair of the Liberty Fellows Board of Directors; past Chair of the United Way of the Piedmont; and a board member of the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM), StriveTogether, Wingate University, the Piedmont Club and the Spartanburg Regional Foundation.
In 2013, the Urban League of the Upstate presented Dr. Booker with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Humanitarian Award. He was honored by the Epsilon Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as thier 2013 Citizen of the Year; and in the same year, he was named the Mount Moriah Man of the Year by the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg. In 2015, he was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumnus and in 2016, he received the Heritage Committee Award from the Spartanburg African-American Heritage Committee. Dr. Booker, known for his warm smile and ready humor, is a frequent speaker throughout the country.
Dr. Booker and his wife, Sheryl, have been married 24 years and are the proud parents of two sons. They are members of Mount Moriah Baptist Church and reside on the Eastside of Spartanburg County.