The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions is proud to announce the appointment of James Thompson Jr., Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Bloomfield, Conn, to the College’s Board of Visitors.
Thompson has had a long and distinguished career in public education. Three years after graduating from Hartford Public High School, Thompson achieved his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, his master's degree in Urban Education and Certification in Administration and Supervision from the University of Hartford, and his doctor of education degree in Education Leadership from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Thompson began his career as an elementary school teacher in Hartford. He progressed to leadership positions, always committed to enhancing and reforming public education. Thompson is known and admired as a mentor and coach to other principals, a builder of collaborative teams, and a reformer and achiever of academic excellence.
Working in environments where a significant portion of the population is at or below the poverty level, he has built teams of stakeholders to transform some of the lowest performing schools. His leadership has garnered national, regional, and state recognition for improvements in student performance.