Tatum Thomas will be the next dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She will take office on July 1.
Dr. Thomas currently serves as senior associate dean of student affairs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies in New York City. Prior to her current role, she served as the director of academic services at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.
“Nontraditional education has been a natural part of my being,” said Dr. Thomas when accepting her new position. “I was an inner-city, first-generation student and the product of multiple institutions that cater to non-traditional learners. I completed my bachelor’s degree at night while holding full-time and part-time positions and raising a small child. I know first-hand that affordability, flexibility, practicality, and immediate returns on the investment are essential to adult learners.”
Dr. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York. She earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.