The Higher Education of the New President-Elect of the PTA

Otha Thornton, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is the new president elect of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). When he takes office in July 2013, he will be the first black man to head the PTA.

Thornton is native of Georgia and a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He earned a master’s degree from Michigan Technological University. He earned a Bronze Star for his Army service in Iraq where he was an intelligence officer. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from Michigan Tech.

He has a son who is currently enrolled at Morehouse and a daughter who is a student at Spelman College.