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Morehouse College has named Dr. David A. Thomas as its 12th President, effective January 1, 2018.

Dr. Thomas’ appointment ends a seven-month period of leadership transition at the College that began in April 2017 when the Board announced its national search for a new Morehouse President. Thomas will be the first Morehouse President in 50 years who did not graduate from the College. Thomas was chosen as the top candidate because of his visionary leadership, skill as an academic administrator, and proven track record in fundraising, which includes a capital campaign that raised more than $130 million in five years for Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

Thomas is the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the former Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. As Dean of McDonough from 2011 to 2016, Thomas led 250 employees and more than 2,000 students through a period of growth, which included the redesign of the MBA curriculum, the launch of the school’s first online degree program, and a $130 million capital campaign. Prior to Georgetown, Thomas served as a professor and administrator at Harvard University—where he returned in 2017—and an assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Thomas is nationally renowned for his research in managing diversity in the workplace. He has written numerous case studies and academic articles on the subject. He also is the co-author of two related books: Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America, which is one of the first in-depth studies to focus on minorities who have made it to the top, and Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County.

Thomas is planning to launch a major capital campaign to increase funds for student scholarships, among other needs. He will also focus on making Morehouse a premier institution for research on the black experience, and will work to expand Morehouse’s international outreach, including in its student recruitment and hiring practices. Another priority Thomas is eager to expand is Morehouse’s development of future leaders who are intellectual, spiritually-minded, and capable of creating change that makes the world more just.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior degree, both from Yale University. He also has a Master of Organizational Psychology degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences degree from Yale College.

Monroe “Bud” Moseley led this search with Lionel Anderson.


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