David A. Thomas is Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he is committed to creating transformational educational experiences that prepare students to become principled and globally minded leaders poised to serve both business and society.
Thomas, who joined Georgetown McDonough in August 2011 following a two-decade career at Harvard Business School, has enhanced academic and professional opportunities for the school’s undergraduate and graduate students. Such efforts include a major redesign of the MBA curriculum, expansion of the MBA career management activities, and enhancement of academic and professional opportunities for undergraduate students, such as the addition of the Global Business Experience for juniors and the growth of the popular First Year Seminar for our freshmen as a permanent set of courses. In addition, Thomas formed a task force associated with the Aspen Institute to infuse and integrate liberal learning into the undergraduate curriculum and established a Professional Development Center through the Office of Undergraduate Programs.
During his administration, Thomas also has increased the diversity of the school’s faculty to the extent that 55 percent of its faculty now are women, under-represented minorities, or international. He has launched new research initiatives, grown the Executive Education program revenues by 400 percent, and increased giving to the school. In the last three years, Thomas has revised the school’s $100 million capital campaign goal up to $125 million, of which the school currently has raised over $90 million.
Partnering with the Washington, D.C., community, Thomas is a member of the Federal City Council and has served as co-chair of the District of Columbia Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy Initiative. In 2014, the Washington Business Journal recognized him as one of the top Minority Business Leaders.
Dr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Sciences and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of DTE Energy and the Estoril Conferences Advisory Board.