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Russell w. Booker

Spartanburg Academic Movement

Dr. Russell W. Booker, StriveTogether board chair, is the CEO of Cradle to Career Network member Spartanburg Academic Movement in Spartanburg, South Carolina. With an unwavering conviction 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 retired as superintendent of Spartanburg County School District Seven, where he directed many transformative initiatives. Most notably, he led a total restructuring of the district, a complete digital immersion and a bold comprehensive capital plan. He began his tenure in District Seven in 2010 after serving as superintendent in York School District One.  

Dr. Booker is a South Carolina Liberty Fellow and a graduate of the Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute. He serves as a trustee on the Wingate University board of directors, as a board member of Purpose Built Communities and as a member of the S.C. Education Oversight Committee. Locally, he serves on the board of the Mary Black Foundation and the Spartanburg Regional Hospital Foundation. He is a proud member of the Spartanburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  

Dr. Booker received his Bachelor of Science in education from Wingate University and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Russell and his wife Sheryl reside in Spartanburg and are the proud parents of two sons, Grant (United States Naval Academy Class of ’23) and Maxwell (Harvard College Class of ’26). They are members of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.