served for 17 years as president of two-year colleges. He joined the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship in 2003, serving as a board member and chairman for two years. During his tenure as chairman Thomas was instrumental in the launch of the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) in 2011. His passion for entrepreneurship includes writing articles, presenting at national conferences, and working to create entrepreneurship programs and opportunities. He has a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and an undergraduate degree from Truman State University.