C. Russell Mayo, Ed.D.
Allentown School District Superintendent
Dr. Mayo has been in education since 1970. He earned his masters and doctorate at the University of Virginia in Educational Leadership with a minor in school law and curriculum. He became superintendent of the Allentown School District in August of 2011 after serving as Deputy Superintendent for seven years. Prior to becoming Deputy Superintendent in Allentown, he was assistant professor at Lehigh University for five years. For almost thirty years before he came to Lehigh University, Russ served in public school districts across the nation in a host of positions including classroom teacher, high school and middle school principal, associate superintendent, and superintendent. He worked in several states in different regions of the country in districts small and large located in rural, suburban, and urban areas. About half of his 40 plus years has been in urban districts. He has 30 plus years of experience as a school administrator.
During these experiences, he taught graduate courses, published articles on the superintendency, made numerous presentations, and implemented innovative instructional programs.
Parallel to these experiences, he made presentations to school districts in the U. S., Quebec, and Germany. His presentations have focused on the organization and administration of American schools, teacher evaluation, school law, public school curriculum, multicultural education, and school finance.
As a practicing educator, he received several awards. Among those were Teacher of the Year in the high school where he taught at the beginning of his career, the Parent Teacher Association Distinguished Service Award, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award for implementation of an aviation program, and The Metropolitan Development Association’s (Syracuse) recognition for organizing their first educational foundation.
Russ has been married to Marsha since 1970. Marsha teaches in the Allentown School District. He has a daughter, Tanya, and two grandchildren, Grace and Thomas. His daughter teaches elementary children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District of North Carolina.