My name is Russ Claxton and it is a thrill for me to be involved with the outstanding Christian institution that is Liberty University. I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA and I had very little exposure to Christianity growing up. Thanks to a merciful God, and a praying mother, I accepted Christ as my Savior toward the end of my high school career. Although I did not know what vocation I wanted to pursue, I had my plans to attend a public college and get a degree. God had other plans for my life and through a chain of events orchestrated by God, I ended up at what was then Liberty Baptist College. While at Liberty I earned a degree in human resources, played football, wrestled, was an R.A., and was an intern for G.E. Liberty was a great environment for me as a young Christian, and I am forever appreciative for the spiritual and academic training I received during my time there. I graduated from Liberty with my business degree and spent several years “searching” for a job that I could call a career. While employed at a financial institution, I got involved with youth ministry through an organization called FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and began spending evenings and weekends working with teenagers. Again, through a chain of events orchestrated by God, I realized my calling was working with youth as an educator. I went back to college to get my teaching degree and began teaching economics and coaching in the county where I went to high school. After a few years of teaching I realized that I could expand my influence on young people as a school leader. I have served students, parents, and teachers as a dean of students, assistant principal, and eventually as a principal at the high school and middle school level. After 20+ years in public education, God lead us back to Lynchburg where I am now in a full-time residential position as a Department Chair in Liberty’s Education Department. In addition to my previous positions as a principal, I have also taught graduate courses in educational leadership for several years as an adjunct and assistant professor at Georgia State University and then at Liberty. In addition to my undergraduate degree from Liberty, I earned my teaching certificate and M.Ed. from the University of West Georgia and my Ed.S. and Ed.D. from The University of Georgia. My dissertation was on middle school to high school transition programs. Although being a school leader has been an incredible opportunity for me professionally, I will always be a teacher at heart. It is truly a pleasure to help equip current and future educational leaders in a Christian environment. On a personal note: I am a husband and a father of two. I am heavily involved in my church and community. I stay busy with family, church, and work, but I do like to travel and watch a little college football when I can. I have a passion for education, and an appreciation for educators. My office is located in the Teacher Education building and I welcome visitors, emails, and phone calls.