Dr. Susan L. Thomas became Truman’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 21, 2014.
Following a national search, Thomas was selected for the position. She previously served as associate provost for academic planning and program development at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Thomas’ educational background includes a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology in 1988, after obtaining her M.B.A. in administrative management and a Master of Arts in social psychology in 1987 and 1986 respectively. Thomas graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.
Thomas has worked at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville since 1991. In addition to her most recent position there, she has also served as the assistant provost for planning, and she is a tenured member of the psychology faculty. Prior to her arrival in Edwardsville, Thomas was an assistant professor of psychology at Central College in Iowa and conducted post-doctoral research through Brown University-Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island.