Meet the Faculty
With more than 100 years of combined experience in various educational administrative fields, UCM's CPPP professors offer students real-world knowledge, experience and resources.
After 24 years of serving as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in Fulton, Missouri, he spent six years as the superintendent of the Fort Osage School District. He has been at UCM since 2015 and is currently teaching Elementary and Secondary School Administration, Public School Finance, and Ethics in Leadership courses.
Served 27 years in public education as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent across Missouri. He began working with UCM in 2015 part time teaching for in the Education Administration (EDAD) program and part time at the RPDC. He started full time teaching in the EDAD program in 2016 and is currently teaching Data Analysis for School Leaders, Research Problems, and Curriculum for School Leaders.
After 33 years of serving as a teacher, principal, and in a variety of district level senior administrative positions in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Russell has been at UCM since 2009. He teaches the Foundations of Education Administration, School Supervision, and Instructional Leadership and School Improvement courses. Russell is the current facilitator of the CPPP and serves as graduate advisor for all CPPP students.
Doug Thomas began teaching at UCM in 1997 after experiencing 18 years as a middle school teacher and principal in Oklahoma. Currently, he instructs the Administration of Middle Grades course, which involves visits to area middle schools where CPPP students highlight and discuss the best administrative practices and programs.