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 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 colleges.”
“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.
The 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 – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.