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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.


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

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Honors and Awards

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

Educational Leadership (2)

Education & Equity (3)

Commencement (2)

Convocation (3)