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Published on Aug 1, 2012
Russell V. Thompson was honored as a Pioneer in Education at the 2012 School Administrators Conference.
Russell V. Thompson, Columbia, who was born and raised in Iowa, moved to Missouri to launch his teaching career. He eventually became superintendent of Columbia Public Schools where he served for 18 years, the longest tenure as superintendent in the district's history. During his time as superintendent, Columbia was recognized as one of the nation's 16 model school districts by the National Governor's Conference on Education. Thompson also served numerous terms on the State Board of Education and held the office of president.