In less than three years, Dr. David Thomas has established a legacy of historic proportion as president of Morehouse College, the nation’s only HBCU for men. Under his administration, the college raised $107 million last fiscal year—a giving total that is higher than any other president in the history of the college. A visionary leader, Thomas is working to make Morehouse one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
With 30 years of higher education experience, he came to Morehouse after leading a five-year capital campaign that raised more than $130 million in five years for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Thomas is nationally renowned for his research in managing diversity in the workplace and 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 and Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County that focus on minority leadership. In addition, he has also been a consultant on issues relating to organizational change, diversity and inclusion for 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as major governmental and nonprofit organizations.
Thomas serves as a board member for DTE Energy, the American Red Cross, and the Posse Foundation. He received Washington Business Journal’s 2014 “Minority Business Leader of the Year” award and the National Executive Forum’s “Breaking Through: 2020, Beacon Award,” among other honors. He holds a PhD in organizational behavior studies and an MS in organizational behavior, both from Yale University. He also holds an MS in organizational psychology from Columbia University and a BS in administrative sciences from Yale College.