Steven L. Thomas has been named vice president for academic affairs at Harford Community College.
Steven L. Thomas has been named vice president for academic affairs at Harford Community College. (Courtesy Harford Community College / Provided photo)

Steven L. Thomas has been named vice president for academic affairs at Harford Community College.

Thomas will assume his duties at HCC on Jan. 3. He brings more than 20 years of career experience as a successful educator, having held positions as a kindergarten through 12th-grade teacher, researcher, policy analyst, college faculty member and higher education administrator, according to an announcement from the college.

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"We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with his broad experience, skill, tenacity and easy-going manner join us," HCC President Dr. Dianna Phillips said in a statement about the Thomas hiring.

Thomas earned a Ph.D. in education policy, planning and administration from the University of Southern California and an M.Ed. in college student personnel from Ohio University. His postsecondary education began at Bowling Green State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in communications education and a bachelor of arts in film studies.

His annual salary is $148,000.

Prior to joining Harford Community College, Thomas served as dean for the Health and Human Services Division at North Seattle College. In this position, he oversaw the growth of the division, which included the recruitment and hiring of four new tenure track faculty, and the development and implementation of a baccalaureate program in early childhood education, the first such program in Washington state, according to the announcement.

His nearly nine years of higher education administration experience includes service as a dean, department chair and associate professor at Paine College in Augusta, Ga., where he guided the development of the self-study report required for regional accreditation and supported faculty in preparing for successful specialized accreditation visits. He also collaborated with internal and external constituents to develop a strategic plan and strengthened relationships with external constituents, which resulted in additional internship opportunities for students in the education, business and media studies program areas.

In 2002, his active service on civic committees and volunteerism with community organizations such as the Urban League and the Boys and Girls Clubs resulted in a commendation from the Governor of California for excellence in public service.

His professional accomplishments include collaborating with faculty and colleagues to acquire over $5 million in federal and state grants focused on research and workforce development, and creating several programs that meet student and community needs.

Thompson replaces Dr. Annette Haggray, who received a position at Northern Virginia Community College as president of the Alexandria campus, Nancy Dysard, HCC director for marketing & public relations, said.

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