President at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Joining IMSA as it’s President in the summer of 2014, Dr. José M. Torres was named a recipient of the 2014 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award by AASA, the School Superintendent’s Association, and was one of three educators from across the nation to receive the award. This prestigious award honors leadership in educational equity and excellence and was named after the late Effie Hall-Jones, an educator and AASA associate executive director, and a champion of women and minorities in educational leadership.
Before coming to IMSA, Dr. Torres led the second largest school district in the state, Elgin School District U-46, through economic challenges—mainly due to the state’s budget crisis—yet he also has implemented many new initiatives to improve student learning. In partnership with the Board of Education and U-46 staff, Dr. Torres developed Destination 2015, the district’s five-year accountability plan that includes benchmarks and targets to help U-46’s more than 40,000 students achieve academic success. Prior to joining U-46, Dr. Torres served as a Regional Superintendent in the Chicago Public Schools. Before coming to Illinois, he had served in school districts in San Jose, CA; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Rockville, MD; Washington, D.C. and at U.S. Department of Defense schools.
Dr. Torres holds a Bachelor of General Studies, a Master of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Maryland.
The principal of KAIST Dr. Chung Yoon passes on the ISSF trophy to Dr. Jose Torres, IMSA President, where the ISSF will take place in 2018.