He is active in the servant leadership community and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Thomas held teaching and administrative positions with LaGrange College, The University of Georgia, University of Georgia and the University of North Georgia. He was engaged in developing programs on leadership and international education at these institutions.
Thomas spent twelve years with his family business before shifting to the financial sector in 1983. He has held several senior level positions in banking and investment banking. He was engaged with foundations, universities and nongovernmental organizations in Eastern and Central Europe from 1990 – 2002. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards.
Thomas has an MBA from Georgia State University and a PhD from the University of Georgia.