Noreen Thomas, Ed.D., has been named Edison Collegeâ€™s new District Vice President of Academic Affairs effective June 1, 2006. Thomas currently serves as the Provost and Chief Learning Officer at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. The academic vice president post opened when Vern Denning, Ph.D., transitioned to the position of District Vice President, Baccalaureate Programs at the College.
â€œ Edison College will grow tremendously in the next decade on all fronts â€“ students, programs, services and facilities,â€? said Dr. Robert R. Jones, District Executive Vice President. â€œDr. Thomasâ€™ enthusiasm and experience will be tremendous assets as we work to accommodate growth while assuring studentsâ€™ success in achieving individual educational goals.â€?
Thomas was selected from a diverse and well-qualified pool of applicants following a national search. She began her career in education teaching business courses at the high school and community college levels, and spent 14 years as a community college administrator prior to joining Macomb. Her experience includes curriculum development, learning assessments, technology, faculty recruitment and professional development, student success services, and fund raising.
Thomas received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Daemen College, NY; Masterâ€™s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University; and Ed.D. in Higher Education â€“ Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.
Thomas expressed excitement about the opportunities at Edison. â€œI look forward to working with the faculty and deans, K-12 administrators, and officials of area colleges and universities to assure smooth transitions for those wishing to better their lives through higher education,â€? she said.
Thomas and her husband, David, will live in Bonita Springs.