In Memoriam: Julius B. Thomas, 1961-2023

Julius B. Thomas, a long-time professor of counseling at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, died on July 9. He was 61 years old.

A native of Chicago and the son of an elementary school teacher, Thomas joined the U.S. Air Force before enrolling at Riverside City College. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Riverside, where he majored in psychology and sociology and played basketball.

After earning a master’s degree in educational counseling and guidance from California State University, San Bernardino, Thomas joined the counseling staff at Rio Hondo College in 2001. Pver more than two decades, Thomas counseled thousands of students.

In 2021, Thomas was awarded the prestigious  Higher Educator of the Year Award from the National Education Association for championing faculty and student rights. He also received the James Davenport Memorial Award from the National Council for Higher Education for his dedication to the higher education community. He was the first African American to win both of these prestigious awards.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Three African Americans Appointed to Leadership Positions in Diversity

The three African Americans appointed to diversity positions are Melanie Duckworth at the University of Nevada Reno, Doug Thompson at the University of Notre Dame, and Anthony Jones at Centre College in Kentucky.

Tuajuanda Jordan to Retire From the Presidency of St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Dr. Jordan has led St. Mary's College of Maryland for the past 10 years. She has previously held faculty and leadership positions with Xavier University of Louisiana, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Lewis & Clark College.

The White House Releases Report on “The Economics of HBCUs”

The report found that although HBCUs account for less than 3 percent of all higher education institutions in the United States, they have 8 percent of all Black undergraduate student enrollments and produce 13 percent of all bachelor's degrees earned by Black students.

Ronald S. Rochon Named President of California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Rochon has been serving as president of the University of Southern Indiana, where he has worked for the past 14 years. Prior to his promotion to president in 2018, he served as the university's provost for eight years.

Featured Jobs