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.