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Kent State Names Wanda Thomas as Regional College Dean

Posted Jun, 15, 2010

At the November 2009 Kent State University Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the establishment of the Regional College, a new administrative college and academic home for programs and associated issues unique to the university’s Regional Campuses. The Regional College will be led by an administrator who also serves as dean and chief administrative officer of her/his respective Regional Campus. This administrative dean of the Regional College will be responsible for the administrative and curricular functions of the newly formed Regional College.

Photo of Wanda ThomasDr. Wanda Thomas has served in the dual role of executive dean for Regional Campuses and dean of Kent State University at Trumbull for the last year. As of July 1, she will serve as the dean of the newly formed Regional College for the 2010-2011 academic year. In addition to her new role, she will continue her responsibilities as dean and chief administrative officer of the Trumbull Campus.

Thomas joined Kent State on June 1, 2005, after spending 24 years at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At Broward, she served in the roles of vice president for community and resource development, vice president of technical education and provost. Prior to her employment at Broward, she worked at the University of Arkansas, Allegheny Community College and Cuyahoga Community College as both faculty and administrator.

Thomas’ achievements at Broward include implementing innovative programs and partnerships, bringing statewide and national recognition to the college. These awards included the Best Business and Industry Partnership Award from the Florida Department of Education and Florida Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and an Award for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2004.

As a student at Kent State, Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, with a major in biology. She earned her doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas.

Thomas resides in Warren, Ohio.

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