Dr. Russell W. Booker
Dr. Russell W. Booker, who has served as Superintendent for Spartanburg School District Seven for the last decade, has announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of the upcoming academic year on June 30, 2020. He is the third longest serving superintendent behind Frank Evans and Joseph G. McCracken. In conjunction with announcing his final year, Dr. Booker is launching his final strategic initiative for the District, a broad-based, data-driven diversity, equity and inclusion effort from within District Seven and in collaboration with partner organizations across Spartanburg.
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 25 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.