Dr. Patrick Russo has been superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools since July, 2009. Under his leadership, this outstanding school division has nearly 49,000 students and one of the most comprehensive 1:1 Laptop Technology Initiatives in the country.
Dr. Russo has more than 36 years of experience as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. In the last 26 years, he has been a superintendent in New York, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. A leader who is committed to community engagement in the educational process, Dr. Russo combines solid business practices with his educational administration leadership skills to meet the needs of students, teachers, administrators, key stakeholders and the community.
In 2009, Dr. Russo was a finalist for Virginia’s State Superintendent of the year. He has been named Georgia’s Superintendent of the Year, Regional Superintendent of the Year in North Carolina, and on three occasions was named one of the Top 10 Executive Educators, selected by the national publication "Executive Educator."
In his first few years in Henrico County Public Schools, Dr. Russo, with support and leadership from the school board, held a comprehensive community engagement process through a district-wide Community Priorities Workshop and developed a five-year Strategic Plan. The HCPS Community Priorities Workshop engaged more than 200 students, parents, community members, business leaders and government officials. The workshop is part of the Strategic Plan and will support the school system’s priorities and goals for each school year.
As stated in the Strategic Plan, Henrico County Public Schools' vision is to be The Premier school district in the United States. We believe our commitment to a process-management driven organization and philosophy will lead us in a quality perspective to excellence for all students.