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Dr. Jim Thornton, SuperintendentDr. Jim Thornton joined Isle of Wight County Schools as Division Superintendent in July 2015. Thornton has 11 years of experience as a superintendent, previously serving as the superintendent of Mecklenburg County Public Schools (VA), a position he held since 2010. With more than 25 years of experience in education, he began his educational career as a teacher then later moved up the administrative ranks an athletic director, assistant principal, principal, and an assistant superintendent.


He received the Jefferson Professional Achievement Alumni Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership from  Longwood University in 2011. In 2008, he was presented the Cumberland Branch NAACP Community Service Award.  Thornton also received the Region 8 Superintendent of the year award from the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and the Longwood University, College of Education and Human Services, 2007 Professional Who Made A Difference Award.


Thornton earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy from Virginia Tech, Master of Education in Supervision & Administration from Virginia State University, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Longwood University. He and his wife Mary have two children, a son Sean who attends Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach and a daughter Kelsey who will attend Virginia Tech in the fall.


Dr. Thornton's leadership philosophy is to create a positive learning environment for both students and staff, while building upon excellence for every child, every day.