Former ABSS chief operations officer hired as CEO of Ralph Scott Life Services

Dr. Todd Thorpe, who retired as the chief operations officer for the Alamance-Burlington school system earlier this year, has been hired as the interim president and CEO for Ralph Scott Life Services in Burlington.

Ralph Scott Life Services provides support and residential services to adults in Alamance and Caswell counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The nonprofit organization has its main office at 408 West Trade Street in Burlington and a day program office at 1212 Turrentine Street in Burlington.

Prior to his retirement at the end of February 2023, Thorpe had spent eight of his 12 years with ABSS overseeing the construction, renovation, and maintenance of school facilities.

A graduate of Wingate University, Thorpe began his nearly 30-year career in public education in 1989 as an exceptional children’s teacher with Anson County schools. Thorpe earned a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Appalachian State University and a Master’s in educational leadership from UNC-Greensboro, before earning his doctorate in education from Wingate. He had previously served as the assistant superintendent of student support services for ABSS before he was promoted to oversee and manage the school system’s facilities in the spring of 2015.

In an earlier interview with The Alamance News, Thorpe had said that he and his wife would continue to reside in Burlington following his retirement from the school system.

He was succeeded as the chief operations officer for ABSS on March 1 of this year by Greg Hook, who had previously served as the principal at Hawfields Middle School. Thorpe was hired as the interim president and CEO of Ralph Scott Life Services this spring, based on his online resume.