José M. Torres
Elgin District U-46
José M. Torres was named Superintendent of School District U-46 in July 2008. U-46 is Illinois’ second-largest school district with 53 schools serving more than 41,000 students in 11 communities in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Before joining U-46, Torres served as a regional superintendent for Area 14 in the Chicago Public Schools, where he oversaw 25 schools with more than 14,000 students.
In Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland, Torres saw dramatic results in academic achievement across the board in reading and mathematics during his tenure as Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services. In that role he was responsible for the special education, alternative education, pupil services and the human relations departments. Before joining the Anne Arundel district, Torres was Superintendent of the San Ysidro School District near the Mexico/California border in San Diego County. He also worked with the Department of Defense Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Baltimore City Public Schools. As Superintendent of School District U-46, Torres was appointed in August to the U.S. Department of Education/ Equity and Excellence Commission. He also serves on the College Board Superintendent Advisory Panel.
Torres is a 2005 Broad Fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies, a master’s degree in education, and a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the University of Maryland.