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Full Name at Birth
Roderick Raynor Paige
Date of Birth
Claim to Fame
Secretary of Education, 2000-2004
Rod Paige Biography »
Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige (born June 17, 1933) served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. Paige, who grew up in Mississippi, moved from classroom teacher to college dean and school superintendent to be the first African American to serve as the nation's education chief.