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About José M. Torres

Dr. José M. Torres was named President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in the summer of 2014. Before coming to IMSA, Dr. Torres was Superintendent of Schools in Elgin School District, U-46, Illinois’ second largest school district. From 2008-2014, he led successful efforts to increase student achievement, strengthen teacher effectiveness, and expand STEM learning opportunities.
Prior to joining U-46, Dr. Torres served as a Regional Superintendent in the Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Torres also held leadership positions in school districts in San Jose, CA; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Rockville, MD; Washington, D.C. and at U.S. Department of Defense schools before coming to Illinois.
From 2011 through 2013, Dr. Torres served as the only superintendent on the federal Equity and Excellence Commission of the United States Department of Education. As part of the commission’s final report, Dr. Torres provided recommendations on closing the achievement gap for English Language Learners.
Dr. José M. Torres is a recipient of the 2014 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. He was one of three educators from across the nation to receive this prestigious award from the American Association of School Administrators, which honors leadership in educational equity and excellence.

Positions

Present Board of Directors, Illinois Association for Gifted Children
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Present President, Illinois Math and Science Academy
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Curriculum Vitae



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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Present Member, American Education Research Association
Present Member, Association for Supervision, Curriculum and Development
Present Member, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
Present Board of Directors, Illinois Association for Gifted Children
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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award
  • STEM Equity Pipeline

Education

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2004 - 2006 Fellow, Harvard Business School
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2005 Fellow, Eli Broad Urban Superintendents Academy
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1999 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of Maryland at College Park
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1985 Master of Education, University of Maryland at College Park
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1983 Bachelor of General Studies, University of Maryland at College Park
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1980 Associates of Arts, Prince George's Community College
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Educational Leadership (4)

Education & Equity (3)

Commencement (3)

Convocation (3)

Dissertation (1)