School of Professional Studies
B.S., 1986, Olivet Nazarene University
M.B.A., 1990, Olivet Nazarene University
D.B.A. candidate, Anderson University
Certified Netware Engineer (CNE)
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
LAN Certified Engineer (LCE)
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
With a passion for sharing his experience and knowledge with the next generation, Professor Thomas began his full-time faculty position at Olivet in 2011. Being a professor at his alma mater is a dream come true for him.
His 25-year career in information technology has included working with Fortune 500 companies, school districts and ONU. He started at ONU in 2002 as network manager in the Department of Information Technology. Since 2007, he has served as the director of financial assistance for new students and has been a member of the Admissions Leadership Team. In 2011, Dr. John C. Bowling appointed him as chair of the “Project Promise” presidential task force for recommending scholarship/pricing strategies for the financial sustainability of the University.
Professor Thomas has served as technology consultant for Chicago Central District Church of the Nazarene and Commonwealth Credit Union; consultant for Dr. King Adult Education Center in Kankakee; and automation consultant for Louise Bigott, attorney at law. His expertise has also been valuable in his work as chair of Kankakee School District 111’s technology committee and as the elected representative for Kankakee County on Illinois Century Network’s RTC IV technology steering committee.
He is a retired Bourbonnais Auxiliary police officer and was chosen as Officer of the Year in 2003. He hosted two “Daily Journal” podcasts on Internet security in 2006 and authored a pamphlet titled “Internet Security for Parents” for the Bourbonnais Police Department in 2005.
He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Chaney and Cassie. In his leisure time, he enjoys archery, outdoor shooting sports, hunting, fishing, and life with two cats and a dog.