CARLSBAD, Calif. – Russ Hanthorn, a retired Marine colonel who is an active community service leader and former JROTC instructor at two area public high schools, has been named interim Head of Schools of the Army and Navy Academy. He succeeds Academy administrator Jeff Barton who recently resigned to pursue other professional interests. Barton had been an Academy faculty member and administrator since 1995.
An industrial engineering graduate who attended Ohio State University on a NROTC scholarship, Hanthorn later earned a master’s degree in education while on active duty from the University of Georgia.
“Russ has the unique combination of community service, military leadership, and educational credentials to serve in this important position,” said Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Bliss, Academy President. “His experience directly correlates with our mission, to educate and develop good character in young men.” Bliss said the decision to fill the position on an interim basis will allow his successor, retired Army Maj. Gen. Art Bartell, the opportunity to hire the permanent Head of School after Bliss retires in January.
A long-time member and past president of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, Hanthorn has been active in Rotary’s youth exchange program and the annual Carlsbad Veteran’s Day Ceremony, a joint effort between the club and the Academy. He is a past board member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of directors for the Hospice of the North Coast.
Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is a private not-for-profit institution that provides an academically robust, character-based education for 7th- through 12th-grade young men. It is the only private boarding school in San Diego County and the only military academy for high school-age students in California and surrounding states.