Gregory Thomas, Ph.D.


Dr. Gregory Thomas has thirty years of higher education experience. Most recently Dr. Thomas served as President of Kennedy-King College (KKC), from July 2018-July 2022. Under his leadership, Kennedy-King College was named in Forbes Magazine (2021) as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation and number one in the state of Illinois via Academic Influence Rankings. Further, the Mayor of Chicago presented a City Resolution, which was adopted by the City Council of Chicago recognizing Kennedy-King College’s significant community and student impact and the multiple accomplishments experienced by KKC during Dr. Thomas’ tenure as President. During his tenure at KKC, Dr. Thomas successfully guided the College’s first Strategic Planning Process, which resulted in the development and implementation of the College’s current Strategic Plan. Through his guidance, the College also successfully developed and implemented the first Strategic Enrollment Management Plan and first Equity Plan in the College’s history.

Dr. Thomas also provided the leadership necessary to successfully develop and establish the College’s first Information Technology (IT) Hub, to include high-demand IT academic programs and a $1million IT innovation facilities build-out. Dr. Thomas also occupied the primary lead role in the establishment of the new Kennedy-King College Center of Equity for Creative Arts (CECA); consisting of vibrant academic programs, community engagement, creative arts incubator, and advancement/space utilization. In addition, Dr. Thomas led the College through a very successful Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation process in 2019. During his tenure, the College generated nearly $17 Millions in fundraising, to include an unrestricted $5 million donation from the MacKenzie Scott Foundation, which was the largest single gift in the history of KKC and the entire City College of Chicago System.

Prior to joining KKC, Dr. Thomas served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights (IL); Associate Provost of Des Moines Area Community College (IA); Vice President of Student Affairs at Weatherford College (TX); Dean of Student Affairs at Hillsborough Community College (FL); Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Deputy Vice President of Student Affairs at City University of New York/CUNY (NY); and Assistant Academic Dean & Faculty at Trinity University (DC).

Dr. Thomas has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from Iowa State University (IA); an M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University (DC); a BA in Communications from Howard University (DC); and studied Liberal Arts at Kingsborough Community College (NY).