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New Head of Schools for Army and Navy Academy

CARLSBAD — Retired Marine Col. Russ Hanthorn was recently appointed to head the academic and residential programs at Army and Navy Academy (ANA) as the school’s interim Head of Schools. 

“The Army and Navy Academy’s mission statement is to educate and develop good character in young men. That’s what enthused me about coming here, being part of a team that helps develop the good character of young men,” said Hanthorn.

ANA’s Chairman of the Board, Capt. Jack Wyatt, and President Brig. Gen. Stephen Bliss, selected Hanthorn to fill the vacant position in mid-August.

“Russ has the unique combination of community service, military leadership, and educational credentials to serve in this important position,” said Bliss in a press release.

Hanthorn previously served as a member of ANA’s Board of Trustees for more than a year before accepting the position. He also worked as a Junior ROTC instructor at two public high schools during his career.

He explained that as the Head of Schools his job is to “coordinate the academic side of the house with the military, residential side of the house.”

He said that he hopes to promote self-discipline, self-esteem and discipline in all aspects of ANA’s academic and residential offerings.

ANA is a military boarding school for boys in seventh through twelfth grades.

Hanthorn said he would temporarily fill the position for the 2013-14 school year to help the school transition when Bliss retires and Maj. Gen. Arthur Bartell takes over as ANA’s new president in January 2014.

He said he is unsure if he will apply to fill the position permanently after the school year ends.

Hanthorn’s predecessor Jeff Barton resigned in June at the end of the school year after working at the ANA for 18 years.

According to a statement released by the ANA, Barton left his position to pursue other professional interests.

Barton could not be reached for comment.

“I was surprised when I heard that Jeff was leaving because he was a member of the faculty for a number of years,” said Hanthorn about Barton’s departure.

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