David A. Thomas, ’78 B.A., M.A., ’84 M.A., ’86 Ph.D.
David A. Thomas is president of Morehouse College. A scholar recognized for his work at the intersection of race, careers, and organizations, he has channeled his academic expertise into a distinguished career in higher education.
During his presidency Mr. Thomas has led an unprecedented push to expand the college’s endowment and outreach. He has also spurred Morehouse to new levels of eminence in the STEM disciplines, reinforced the college’s status as a national leader in combating institutional racism, and spearheaded a strategic plan that includes a $500 million capital campaign, the second-largest fundraising effort attempted by an HBCU.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Thomas held numerous faculty and leadership positions: as assistant professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, as the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, and as dean and William R. Berkley Chair of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Mr. Thomas is widely recognized for his expertise in organizational and leadership development. Throughout his career he has consulted for a range of organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies. He serves on the boards of Commonfund, DTE Energy and Vanguard. He recently received the OB Division’s “Outstanding Practitioner-Orientated Publication in OB” Award and 62nd Annual HBR McKinsey Award for his publication with Robin Ely “Getting Serious about Diversity” in Harvard Business Review. Mr. Thomas also received both the George R. Terry Book Award and the Award for Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Mentoring from the Academy of Management, and was honored with the Beacon Award from the National Executive Forum in 2012. He was elected an alumni fellow in 2021.