David A Thomas was recently named dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, Thomas was the H. Naylor Fitzhugh professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he directed the school’s Organizational behavior Unit. He also served as senior associate dean and director of faculty recruitment at Harvard; led the business school’s required first-year MBA course, “Leadership and Organizational behavior;” and held the position of faculty chair for several executive education programs.
Before joining the faculty of Harvard in 1990, Thomas was an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Recognized as a thoughtful leader, Thomas’ research focuses on issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership and organizational change.
Thomas co-authored two books — “Breaking Through: the making of Minority Executives in Corporate America” and “Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County.”
Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences and master and doctor of philosophy degrees in organizational behavior from Yale University. He also holds a master’s in organizational psychology from Columbia University.