Paul C. Thornton is a university administrator at Florida Gulf Coast University. A native of New York City who grew up on Long Island, Thornton was a financial executive for the DuPont Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware, a finance director for the City of Wilmington, DE and a professor at Wesley College in Delaware. He was a successful retail entrepreneur who rode the video store wave but
knew enough to get out before it ended. He is married and the father of two daughters.