Russell O. West

Russell O. West is the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) Director of Student Support Services and Campus Operations on a 67-acre campus with almost 600 students. Russell oversees the Special Education Services, Admissions, Athletics, Campus Security, Food Services, Health Services, Home-going Transportation, Interpreting Services, Occupational & Physical Therapy Services, Psychological Services, Social Work Services, Student Health Services, Transportation, and Visually Impaired Services. He also serves as the TSD agency liaison for deferred maintenance and construction with the Texas Facilities Commission, which includes the ten-year Campus Master Plan.


Prior to his current role, Russell served as the Director of Student Affairs, overseeing student services and campus life activities including athletics, residential services, leadership programs, international studies, student development and student conduct and discipline. As a tenured member of the Executive Leadership Team at TSD he has assumed leadership roles related to Advisory Groups, Crisis & Risk Management, Strategic Planning and Student Enrollment Management. He has served as a CEASD accreditation team chair/member thirteen times, and actively engages as a CEASD voting member. In his twenty years as a professional in Deaf Education, nearly fifteen have been at the administrative level.


His additional experiences include consultant work with Educational Testing Services (ETS) and WOHL for the Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC) and the Educational Resource Center on Deafness. For ten years he has also been a certified trainer for The Mandt System, which focuses on building healthy relationships between all stakeholders in human service settings in order to facilitate a culture that provides emotional, psychological and physical safety to an organization. Prior to joining the staff at TSD, Russell worked at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and California School for the Deaf, Fremont. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Texas State University – San Marcos.