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Dean Thomas in the News

As a member of Georgetown McDonough’s distinguished faculty and an expert on organizational leadership, Dean Thomas provides commentary to various media outlets.

  • How They Made It to the Top

    Mr. Thomas, the Georgetown dean, studied some of those challenges in his book about the career paths of business executives. He and his co-author found that people of color aren’t encouraged to jump on the fast track the way their white colleagues are. In the business world, "whites who make it to executive-level positions move much faster in their earlier careers and are pegged as being people with executive potential faster," he says. "The same is true when it comes to thinking about grooming people for executive leadership jobs in academia."


  • Deans Take Issue With Gallup Survey

    How do business school deans feel about the recent Gallup study that revealed that fewer than four in ten business school graduates are deeply interested in their jobs? Each school has their own way of saying it, but the message remains clear. A business degree is becoming an increasingly rounded degree. Sure, the business emphasis is still there but schools are trying to produce well-rounded adults. Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Dean, David Thomas, says the school provides a liberal arts-based business program. “With the Jesuit context of our education, we emphasize the values of service,” Thomas says. “Our students are prompted to think about meaning and what they want to do and accomplish in their lives.”


  • Georgetown McDonough Earns AACSB Reaccreditation

    Every five years, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business requires its member institutions to undergo a review to maintain their accreditation. This spring, the AACSB Continuous Improvement Review Committee submitted a recommendation to extend the Georgetown University McDonough


  • Georgetown Dean’s Big Plan to Boost The B-School’s Rankings

    David Thomas digs BHAGs – short for big, hairy, audacious goals. So much so that only a few months into his deanship at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business he was already dropping jaws and drawing stares of disbelief.


  • Top Business School Deans Paving Way for Success in the DC-Area

    Three local deans made the cut from Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia, each given a full page spread on the Financial Times' website. Here are a couple of things you should know about the all too worthy three.


  • Georgetown MSB Dean Offers Executives Insights Into Transformational Leadership

    Georgetown University Qatar recently organized a luncheon seminar by Dr. David A. Thomas, Dean and William R. Berkeley Chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C. Dr. Thomas presented his “Five Insights on Leadership” to a select group of CEOs, government officials, and special guests that included the head of Doha Bank, Dr. R Seetharaman, and Qatar’s Minister of Communication and Information, Her Excellency Dr. Hessa Al Jaber.