Dr. Debbie Thomas, an administrator and scholar with more than 20 years of experience in higher education, has been named provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University.
As provost, Thomas is the university’s chief academic officer and reports directly to the Chancellor. She oversees NCCU’s academic programs and provides leadership for deans, department chairs and faculty.
Thomas, who previously served as associate provost and associate vice chancellor, assumed her new role, replacing Dr. Kwesi E. Aggrey, who resigned to return to a full-time teaching and research position in the Department of Chemistry.
Thomas came to NCCU in 2010 from Indiana University Northwest, where she was executive director of the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence. The center focused on community outreach and scholarly engagement in a seven-county area.
Thomas also has served as associate provost for institutional effectiveness at Fisk University and as assistant to the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She was an associate professor and coordinator of graduate programs for the College of Education at the University of Central Florida, and the director of teacher education and certification for Fisk University. She has taught courses and conducted research on urban education, diversity, social justice, professional development, educational leadership and multicultural education.
Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.