Dr. Jack Thomas is a Senior Fellow at American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and is a University Administrator at Western Illinois University. Dr. Thomas served as President of Western Illinois University (WIU) Previously, Dr. Thomas served as WIU’s Provost and Academic Vice President, and has served as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean at Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Thomas currently serves on multiple boards. Past board service includes the Illinois Campus Compact Board, the Stillman College Board of Trustees, the American Council on Education Council of Fellows, among others.
Thomas is a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Program and the Leadership Middle Tennessee Program He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alabama A & M University, a Master of English Education from Virginia State University, and a Ph.D. in English (Literature and Criticism) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a noted scholar and lecturer, appearing as a keynote speaker presenting his research and inspirational messages locally, nationally, and internationally. He has numerous publications and professional presentations. His most recent publication is a book titled, “Within These Gates: Academic Work, Academic Leadership, University Life, and the Presidency.”