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City Colleges of Chicago Board Approves Appointments of Dr. Gregory Thomas as Permanent President of Kennedy-King College

City Colleges of Chicago Board Approves Appointments of Dr. Gregory Thomas as Permanent President of Kennedy-King College

6/8/2018 12:00 AM

The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Board on Thursday approved the appointments of Presidents Dr. Gregory Thomas at Kennedy-King College, Dr. Ignacio Lopez at Harold Washington College and David Sanders at Malcolm X College. Lopez and Sanders were previously interim presidents at their respective colleges, while Thomas comes to Kennedy-King from outside of City Colleges. 

“This was truly a team effort, and the decision by the Board confirms the feelings of those involved in the search—that we found the right people to lead these colleges and move our institution forward,” said City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado. “These individuals are qualified, experienced and understand the critical role City Colleges plays in the education of our city, as well as the impact our students have on Chicago’s economy and workforce.”

The Board also recognized the outgoing interim president at Kennedy-King College, Craig Lynch, who has served the college well over the last year and the City Colleges community prior to that in senior leadership roles.

The presidents join CCC after a search that involved faculty, staff, students and various communities. Dr. Lopez and Sanders will officially assume their role as permanent president on July 1. 

Dr. Thomas will start at Kennedy-King College on July 9.

“I’m looking forward to getting started at Kennedy-King College and building on its reputation as a south side destination for students pursuing higher education,” said Dr. Thomas. “As a former community college student myself, I know the value it offers students and, when the right support and resources are available, the transformative impact it can have on their lives.”

Dr. Thomas’ bio is below:

Dr. Gregory Thomas, Kennedy-King College

Dr. Gregory Thomas has served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights since 2012. In that role, he led the development of planning processes that resulted in two college strategic plans; created the Office of Planning, Effectiveness & Accreditation; played a key role in developing a college-wide Continuous Quality Improvement Model; led the development of the college’s First Year Experience program; and created a Male Success Initiative to enhance access, persistence, retention, and graduation of male students of color.

Prior to that, Dr. Thomas was Associate Provost of Des Moines Area Community College; Vice President of Student Affairs at Weatherford College (TX); Dean of Student Affairs at Hillsborough Community College (FL); Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Deputy Vice President of Student Affairs at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College (NY); and Assistant Academic Dean at Trinity University (DC). He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from Iowa State University; an M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University (DC); a BA in Communications from Howard University (DC); and an associate degree from Kingsborough Community College (NYC).

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