Every now and again you have toss tradition on its head and do something different. David A. Thomas will be the first non-Morehouse alumnus in 50 years to become president of the historic institution. It’s not that he didn’t want to be one, he chose Yale over Morehouse because of Yale’s scholarship.
Thomas, who is the Naylor Fitzhugh professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, and the former dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, will become Morehouse’s 12th President in January.
Thomas told Blavity.com, “I went to Yale, but I always had Morehouse as my icon for producing the kind of men I respected and admired in my youth. That continues to be true when you look at the amazing men Morehouse has produced – amazing men.”
According to a press release from Morehouse, Thomas was a top candidate because of his “visionary leadership as a business school administrator and his proven track record in fundraising, which includes a capital campaign that raised more than $130 million in five years for Georgetown McDonough.”
“Dr. Thomas is a nationally respected business educator and visionary leader with a support network that will bring transformative change to Morehouse College,” said Willie Woods ’85, chairman of the Board of Trustees, in a prepared statement. “Having David at Morehouse will raise the profile of our world-class institution and lead to partnerships that will allow Morehouse to be more competitive for top students, expand our academic programs, improve our facilities, and provide more signature opportunities for leadership that make Morehouse Men among the most sought-after graduates in the country.”
This no doubt is a dream come true for Thomas, who said in a prepared statement, “I am humbled and honored to be appointed as the next president of Morehouse College,” said Thomas. “What draws me to Morehouse is that I see a connection between what I value and what this college has always represented —the mission to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service, and to be stewards of black culture and community. There is no place like Morehouse on the planet.”