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Dr. Russ Perry

Director of Educational Leadership and Assistant Professor

"I chose to start teaching at a university because I have always enjoyed mentoring and helping upcoming school leaders. Serving in this position provides me an excellent opportunity to influence student's view of school leadership and to stress the importance of having great educational leaders."

Degrees Held:

  • EdD Education Administration – University of North Texas, 2008
  • MEd Education Administration – Sul Ross State University, 1989
  • BS Agricultural Education – Tarleton State University, 1982

Career Highlights:

  • Worked in public school education for 33 years
  • Served as a campus principal for 9 years and as a superintendent of schools for 17 years
  • Served as an adjunct instructor at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, and Texas A&M University Kingsville, in Kingsville, Texas
  • Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Association of School Administrators
  • Former President of The Equity Center (largest organization in the U.S. that conducts research and advocates for equity and adequacy in school funding)

In which online degree program do you teach?

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Which classes do you teach online?

Leading With Vision, Funding Public Education, Facilitating Human Resource Development and Empowerment, Internship in Educational Leadership.

Why did you start teaching?

I chose to start teaching at a university because I have always enjoyed mentoring and helping upcoming school leaders. Serving in this position provides me an excellent opportunity to influence students' view of school leadership and to stress the importance of having great educational leaders.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

This was not given directly to me. It is from a speech made by Winston Churchill. He said, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Set your own goals and pursue them. Don't spend your life trying to achieve someone else's goals.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Besides the Bible, I would say The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in educational leadership?

To be successful as an educational leader, you need to actually care about your students getting an education, and you need to commit to developing the skills that make a great leader. This means being open to new ideas and being willing to step out of your comfort zone.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?

Political influences on education that don't acknowledge the realities of the challenges that schools deal with.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I keep a guitar next to my easy chair and play it almost every night.

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