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University administrator

Nellie Arzelia Thornton, university administrator. Recipient Leadership award Westchester Woman's Cultural Experience, 1979, Special Award for Educational Accomplishments Key Women of America, 1986; named Principal of the Year 1987; named A Woman for All Years, Mount Vernon Board Education, 1989; inducted into Trailblazer Hall of Fame by Phalanx of African-American Men, 1989.


Thornton, Nellie Arzelia was born on July 15, 1945. Daughter of Albert and Fannie Strong.


Bachelor in Elementary Education, Fisk University, Nashville, 1967. Master of Science, City University of New York, 1969. Advisory Certified in Educational Administration, City University of New York, 1971.


Teacher Robert Fulton School, Mount Vernon, New York, 1967-1971. Project coordinator Model Cities Program, 1971-1974. Principal Washington Performing Arts Magnet School, since 1974.

Affirmative action officr Mount Vernon Board Education, since 1988. Director Mercy College, Mount Vernon, since 1991.


National president Jack and Jill of America, Westchester County. Organizer, president The Links, Inc., Greater Hudson Valley chapter. Active Interracial Round Table, Parent-Teachers Association.

Chairman Human Rights Commission, Mount Vernon. Participant Bedford Hills Prison Program. Consultant for day care centers.

Member National Association Elementary School principals, National Association Black Business and Professional Women, National Council Negro Women, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Alliance of Black School Educators, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Tau Gamma Delta.



Albert Strong

Fannie Strong