JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Jack Thomas, president of Western Illinois University, will be the inaugural presenter in the new research lecture series hosted by the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in Brown Hall Auditorium.
A renowned scholar in the field of higher education, Thomas will discuss his recently published work, “Within These Gates: Academic Work, Academic Leadership, University Life and the Presidency.” The book examines the varied interactions between college and university presidents and their campus and local communities, alumni, governing bodies and other stakeholders that influence higher education.
During his lecture, Thomas will share personal narratives and professional experiences that provide guidance for emerging career scholars seeking college or university leadership positions. Topics will include academic structure, student support, faculty development, facilities management and fundraising.
A strong proponent of mentoring young faculty from diverse backgrounds, Thomas has established under-represented dissertation and post-doctoral fellowships, visiting professorships, young scholar initiatives and other programs that support professional development.
Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree from Alabama A&M University, his master’s degree from Virginia State University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Program and was a fellow for the American Council on Education.
Prior to being named president of WIU in January 2011, Thomas held senior-level university leadership positions in Illinois and Tennessee.
The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, contact the Clemmer College of Education at 423-439-7616.