Angela Thornton started as executive director for Henderson Libraries in 2014. Her career path in libraries started in 2004 as a library manager in tiny Haskell, Oklahoma, and since then she has managed libraries large and small in Oklahoma and Georgia. Prior to working in the library profession, Thornton worked for a variety of hotel chains and also twice managed a civic center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, booking a variety of meetings and events. The work in these professions built skills in customer service, event planning, and working with city and county governments – all of which are relevant to working in a library. Always active in the community where she lives, Thornton obtained her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and a master’s degree in Communications from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.