NACCE Appoints Ronald Thomas as VP of Membership
Monday, July 29, 2013
Posted by: NACCE
ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP APPOINTS RONALD E. THOMAS AS
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP
New Appointee Is
Retired President of Dakota County Technical College
Springfield, MA, July
29, 2013 - The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on
promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced the appointment of Ronald E.
Thomas, Ph.D., to the newly created position of vice president of membership.
Thomas retired June 30th as president of Dakota County Technical
College in Rosemount, Minnesota; he is a past NACCE board chair and a long-time
supporter of the organization.
"I look forward to working with the NACCE team
to grow and sustain the membership and to continue to make NACCE a strong
organization across the country,” said Thomas. "These are challenging times for community colleges, and
the challenges are far bigger than just budget short-falls. Everything we’re
doing in the future has to be based on the principle of how do you create [B1]the new entrepreneurial college.
NACCE has done a terrific job of moving our thinking into that exciting new future,
and I hope to play a strong role in helping to build on that and create entrepreneurial
"Through his years of board membership
and his two years as board chair, Ron Thomas proved over and over again his
strong belief in the NACCE mission of creating a community college culture that
fosters economic vitality through entrepreneurship,” said NACCE President and
CEO Heather Van Sickle. "We are excited to have him join us in this new
capacity. As a former community college president, he will have great
credibility in spreading the NACCE message to other community college leaders.”
Thomas became president of Dakota County Technical College in1999.
Prior to that he served as president of Coffeyville Community College, in
Coffeyville, Kansas, and as dean and then interim president of Rochester
Community and Technical College in Rochester, Missouri. He received his Ph. D.
in education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He also holds an
M.S. in guidance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a B.S. in
social science and physical education from Truman State University in Missouri.
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an
organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business
development professionals providing quality programs and services in
entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates for community-based
entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the
"entrepreneurship movement.” Through
membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly
webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves
as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful
practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation.
These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities
served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White
House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE
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