Professor of Economics
Dr. Thornton was born in Connecticut. Upon graduating from high school, he served four years in the United States Air Force. After receiving his discharge, he attended college on the G.I. Bill. He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Hartford in 1981. He attended Florida State University on a College of Social Sciences Fellowship, earning his M.S. in Economics in 1985.
Dr. Thornton was hired to teach economics at Jacksonville University in 1988. In addition to teaching economics, he also teaches statistics and management science. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Florida in 2000. He currently serves as chair of the division of accounting, economics, and finance.
Dr. Thornton's research interests include the pricing of initial public offerings and the valuation of firms. When not working at JU, he enjoys motorcycling, bicycling, reading, and spending time with his yellow lab, Pal.