Anita Jones Thomas has been named executive vice president and provost at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She will begin her new role on June 3, 2019.
Dr. Thomas currently serves as the founding dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. She spent 10 years teaching in the counseling psychology and school counseling department and serving as the associate dean of academic affairs and research in the School of Education at Loyola University in Chicago. Before that, she was department chair and associate professor in counselor education at Northeastern Illinois University and an assistant professor in the department of human services at National Louis University. She has served as chair of the Committee for Children, Youth, and Families for the American Psychological Association and as president of the Society for Child and Family Practice and Policy.
“I am proud to join the St. Kate’s family and am excited about working with a great administrative team, faculty, and staff, and talented students,” said Dr. Thomas. “The mission of St. Kate’s, educating women to lead and influence, reflects both my scholarship and views on the importance of access and equity in education to promote positive change.”
Dr. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She earned a master’s degree in community counseling and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.