Russell W. Cook

Russell W. Cook

Russell W. Cook

Public Service Assistant; Governmental Training, Education, and Development
Expertise: School Board Governance



Before joining the Institute of Government in 2015, Russ Cook worked in the public school arena for 40 years as a teacher and administrator. He has served local boards of education through his tenure as a Georgia school superintendent, a regional director with the Georgia Department of Education, and the executive director of a Regional Education Service Agency. Cook has managed and developed projects involving local boards of education through his roles as advisor, facilitator, and trainer. In 2009, he led a regional team of superintendents, board members, school system leaders, and teachers to broker a school facility construction project involving the approval of 13 boards of education in Northeast Georgia. He has served as president of a statewide professional organization and as liaison to numerous agencies, public/private associations, and professional organizations.


Ed.D., University of Georgia; M.A., Speech Communications, University of Georgia

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Areas of Expertise: school system organization and operations; educational administration; human resource and project management