Fourth Time’s The Know-How
Dr. Alvin Thornton Returns To The Helm Of Maryland’s Second-Largest School System
Retired Howard University professor and education leader, Alvin Thornton was appointed chairman of the school board in Prince George’s County to oversee Maryland’s second largest school system. He will be serving as board chair for the fourth time. He previously served between 1992 and 1999. Thornton then chaired Maryland’s Commission on Education, Finance, Equity and Excellence; a commission which is now referred to as the Thornton Commission. At her press conference announcement, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks praised Thornton’s expertise, “Dr. Thornton brings with him a wealth of institutional knowledge with his extensive background in both education and education finance. We are really confident that with Dr. Thornton we will be able to ensure what really is our chief priority, and that is making sure our schools are fully funded.”
At the announcement, Dr. Thornton spoke of his own story and family.
Thornton, sixth in a line of ten children born to Lillie Mae and King Thornton in Roanoke, Alabama, attended Morehouse College. The top administrator received his master’s degree and doctorate from Howard University. Dr. Thornton’s wife, Annette, has been a public school teacher for more than 30 years. His two daughters are Central High School graduates and are now successful in their own careers (one as a lawyer and the other as an engineer).
Then Thornton shared what really clinched his decision to take the job. As the family was discussing the position and all that it would entail, Thornton smiled as he recalled his grandson saying, “Paw Paw, we need you to help.” To which Thornton said, “That was it. That was it, you know? That was it.”