Crystal Thorpe, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Leadership and Administration

Crystal Thorpe has 25+ years of educational experience.  She has degrees from Indiana University, Butler University, and Indiana State University.  She began her career as a high school English teacher, and eight years later, she became an assistant principal at a middle school. She currently serves as the principal of Fishers Junior High School  in Fishers, Indiana.  She has been the Principal-In-Residence at the University of Indianapolis for seven years where she presents to aspiring leaders on various emerging educational topics.  Crystal serves on the Board of Directors for YMI - Youth Mentoring Initiative - in her community.  She volunteers within her sorority for the Debutante Cotillion, Coats for Kids, the Lupus Foundation, and the College Admissions Program.  She has been a guest speaker for aspiring teachers and graduates at local colleges in Indiana.  In her spare time, Crystal enjoys cooking, action movies, traveling, finding non-franchise restaurants, and being a volleyball mom.  She is very excited to join the ACE team.


  • Doctorate in Education Administration
    Indiana State University
  • Master's in Educational Administration
    Butler University
  • Bachelor's in Secondary Education/ English
    Indiana University: Bloomington

Research Interests

Some areas of research that of interest to me leadership, the intersectionality of race, culture and gender on leadership, equity and inclusion, the impact of desegregation on American schools