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Joe Hairston

Retired Educator
Education Administration

United States

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Joe Hairston, EdD, is a retired administrator with over forty years of career experience in education. A nationally-recognized educational expert, Dr. Joe Hairston played an instrumental role as Superintendent for public school systems in Georgia and Maryland. 

Dr. Hairston began his career as a teacher in Prince George's County, Maryland, in 1969. Dr. Hairston later earned national acclaim for his administrative excellence when he managed the successful turnaround of Suitland High School during the 1980s. He developed an innovative magnet program that markedly boosted the school's academic performance, and then-President Ronald Reagan noted his success. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 incorporated components of his academic reform plan.

From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Hairston served as appointed Superintendent of Georgia's Clayton County Public Schools. He managed the budget for cutting-edge instructional technology, and in 2000, became Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), where he was instrumental in coordinating its prestigious public-private Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) Alliance, along with Johns Hopkins University, the computer gaming industry, and defense contractors Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. During his tenure, BCPS's graduation rate for minorities and for students overall was among the best of the nation's large school districts. Thanks to Dr. Hairston, BCPS students also achieved markedly better college enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) performance.

Dr. Joe Hairston has earned numerous awards for his educational leadership and community contributions. These include the International Society for Technology in Education Outstanding Leadership Award, Prince George's County Police Department Life Improvement Award, and the US Department of Education's Magnet School of America Award, among many others. A celebrated speaker, Dr. Hairston has also presented at conferences nationwide, and media outlets from The Oprah Winfrey Show to The Christian Science Monitor have showcased his educational expertise. 

Thanks to his recognized educational leadership, Dr. Joe Hairston is currently President-Elect of the Horace Mann League of the United States of America's Board of Directors, which hosts over a thousand acclaimed educators, and serves on the advisory board of the Brown School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University.


Joe Hairston - Education:    


Doctor of Education
Virginia Tech, American University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

1988 - 1992



Joe Hairston - Interests:    


Music, travel, technology



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