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Memorial Service Set for Gary Thomas, Former NJIT Provost

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, rhodes@njit.edu, (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.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.