Jason Walton, Prep’s sixth Head of School, is a fourth-generation educator in Mississippi. After receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi, he began his career in education by teaching high school for four years in north Mississippi. Jason was then accepted into Vanderbilt University’s nationally-ranked Ph.D. program, focusing on K-12 school administration. There he was selected by the chair of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations to serve as Associate Editor of the Peabody Journal of Education.
Subsequent to full-time doctoral work in Nashville, Dr. Walton served as Assistant Director of Tennessee’s Office of Education Accountability. While serving the State of Tennessee, Jason was recruited to serve as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He worked to establish the strategic plan for the university – Lynn 2020. In 2006, he was named chief of staff and staff liaison to the Board of Trustees at Lynn.
At Lynn Dr. Walton also served as co-chair of the Campus Planning Committee that prepared for the October 22, 2012 Presidential Debate held on campus at Lynn University between President Barak Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. The presidential debate at Lynn University was viewed by 59.2 million households, had a $13.1 million immediate economic impact on Palm Beach County, and yielded a combined $63 million publicity value for the university, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach County.
Jason’s wife, Laurie, has taught for many years at an independent K4-12 Christian school in West Palm Beach, as an Advanced Placement World History teacher. They have two children, Caroline, age eleven, and John William, age five.