A memorial service for the late Gary Thomas, PhD, former NJIT provost, will be held Jan. 30, 2008, 2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m., in NJIT’s Campus Center Atrium. Scheduled NJIT speakers include Robert A. Altenkirch, president; Saul K. Fenster, president emeritus; Priscilla Nelson, provost; Urs Gauchat, dean, New Jersey School of Architecture; Fadi Deek, dean, College of Science and Liberal Arts; Joel S. Bloom, vice president of academic and student services and dean, Albert Dorman Honors College; and from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Cathy Innes, director, office of technology development. Thomas died on Jan. 1, 2008 at the age of 70.
As a tribute to Thomas’ leadership for graduate education and research growth, NJIT has established the Gary Thomas Doctoral Fellowship Program with the first awards to be made in Fall, 2008. For more information, contact Jacquelynn Rhodes, associate vice president of development, firstname.lastname@example.org, (973-596-3407).
As an engineer, professor and administrator, Thomas devoted 18 years to NJIT from 1980 through 1998. Thomas served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs from 1990 to 1998, vice president for research and graduate studies from 1997 through 1998 and vice president for academic affairs from 1980 to 1990. Thomas also helped develop the College of Science and Liberal Arts (where he served as the first dean), the School of Management, and the Honors College. Subsequent to his tenure at NJIT, Thomas was appointed chancellor of the University of Missouri-Rolla. He retired from that position and returned to New Jersey in 2005.
During Thomas’ service at NJIT, he led the development of the university’s academic and research programs resulting in significant growth in research expenditures to over $40 million. Thomas advocated for the growth of graduate education programs to support the university’s research effort. A doubling of PhD awards was achieved during his tenure.
NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Office of Continuing Professional Education.