Dr. David A. Thomas became the 12th president of Morehouse College upon his installation in January 2018. The Board of Trustees selected Thomas for many reasons, including his visionary leadership as an Ivy League business school administrator and a proven track record as a fundraiser.
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.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the business of higher education and is nationally respected as an expert in organizational change. He has served as the former Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and as a former business school professor at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas is leading dynamic changes at Morehouse, which is mission-driven to produce leaders committed to community service. Under his guidance, the college has emerged as a national innovator in STEM education, has expanded its online class offerings from nine to more than 300 courses, and has increased its profile as the national epicenter for thought leadership on civil rights.
Thomas has used his platform as president of Morehouse to speak out against injustice as the nation faces two pandemics—COVID-19 and the persistence of systemic racism. He believes that Morehouse has a responsibility to help the nation to address the inequities caused by institutional racism, which have created disparities in income, employment, health, housing, and educational opportunities for people of African descent.
Thomas holds a doctorate in Organizational Behavior Studies and a Master of Philosophy degree in Organizational Behavior, both from Yale University. He also has a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences degree from Yale College. He is the co-author of three books.