Dr. Steven L. Thomas has been named Peninsula College’s new Vice President for Instruction. The position was previously held by Dr. Sharon Buck, who retired in April of this year.
Dr. Thomas is an educator with over 25 years of teaching and leadership experience in both K-12 and postsecondary education. His professional career includes successful experiences as a K-12 teacher, researcher, policy analyst, college faculty member and higher education executive. Most recently, he served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at Harford Community College where he managed a 20 million dollar budget to lead the academic unit, and assumed responsibility for leading the maintenance and development of both academic and workforce related programs, overseeing personnel and ensuring high quality teaching and learning.
Throughout his tenure in higher education he has been committed to developing a rich infrastructure for student success. Recent accomplishments include working collaboratively with faculty and staff to develop a master scheduling template that supports a larger number of students to complete certificates and degrees and collaborating with faculty to create a systemic process for faculty professional development.
Prior to joining Harford Community College, Dr. Thomas served as the Dean for the Health and Human Services Division at North Seattle College, and served as Dean, Department Chair and Associate Professor at Paine College located in Augusta, Georgia. At North Seattle College, he worked closely with faculty to provide the support and resources necessary to develop a baccalaureate program in early childhood education. In addition, he developed extensive experience with both regional and specialized accreditation having led the self-study investigation for regional accreditation and prepared for accreditation visits in business, education, medical assisting and nursing.
Dr. Thomas’ postsecondary education training began at Bowling Green State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies. He then went on to earn an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Southern California.
In 2002, his active service on civic committees, and volunteerism with community organizations such as the Urban League and the Boys and Girls Club, resulted in a commendation from the Governor of California for excellence in public service. Further, his professional accomplishments include collaborating with faculty and colleagues to acquisition over $5 million in federal and state grants focused on research and workforce development, and the creation of several programs that meet student and community needs. He believes that community colleges play a vital role in empowering communities.
“I am excited to join Peninsula College,” Thomas said. “The committee that led the development of the 2020- 2025 strategic plan did an excellent job of developing a navigational tool that will position the College to lead in the state and nationally as it relates to excellence in student success and excellence in creating equitable student experiences. Teaching and learning will be crucial to the success of this work and I am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff at this institution to realize the institution’s vision and mission.”
Dr. Thomas frequents the stage and film. Also, having been born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he is an Ohio State Buckeye fanatic, loves the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians.
He will begin his work at PC on July 1.
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