Dr. Shawn Thomas to serve as Trevecca’s regional dean of Georgia

Trevecca Nazarene University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is pleased to announce Dr. Shawn Barkley Thomas as the University’s first regional dean of Georgia.

In this role, Thomas will lead the University’s work in the greater Atlanta area. Announced just last month, Trevecca plans to offer associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees from two locations in Atlanta, one in Duluth and another in College Park in fall 2018, pending state approvals.

“We are thrilled for Dr. Thomas to join our School of Graduate and Continuing Studies leadership team at such a critical juncture,” said Dr. Tim Eades, associate provost and vice president for graduate and continuing studies. “Shawn’s deep leadership experience in Atlanta will be invaluable to our efforts in serving the workforce needs of Georgia with convenient, relevant and affordable degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master’s and doctoral level.”

With more than 26 years of experience managing educational, banking and financial institutions, Eades expects Thomas to provide insightful and innovative leadership. Her experience with new site start-ups, honed over the last 18 years with Ohio Christian University and SunTrust Bank, will inform and guide Thomas’ success.

“I am delighted to be joining the Trevecca family,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait to experience the move of God in this new venture.  A Scripture, 1 Corinthians 2:9, is guiding my thought as I begin this new adventure: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Florida A&M, as well as an executive MBA from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics and a doctorate in organization and management with a specialization in management education from Capella University. In addition, Thomas also earned a post-graduate certificate in college teaching from Capella.

Professionally, Thomas most recently served as the vice president and dean of Ohio Christian University’s Georgia campuses. A dedicated teacher, she has taught undergraduate courses in business, finance, leadership and management as well as global studies.

A native of Gretna, Fla., Thomas lives in South Metro Atlanta with her husband, the Rev. Ronnie M. Thomas Jr. and their four children, Jordyn, Axel, Shiloh and Ronnie III. She currently serves on the national board for Forever Family and previously served on the board of directors for Midtown Assistance Center.

Thomas was recently recognized for her service to the community with a Georgia state resolution sponsored by state senators Valencia Seay of the 34th district and Gail Davenport of the 44th district.

For more than 30 years, Trevecca has offered degree programs at off-campus satellite locations, all designed to meet students where they live. In Atlanta, classes will take place on evenings and weekends and include associate, bachelor’s, degree-completion and graduate offerings. Pending state approval with the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), Trevecca will offer eight degree programs in Atlanta beginning in the fall 2018.

In addition, Trevecca offers 17 fully online degree programs that are already available to Georgia residents.

For more information about Trevecca’s nontraditional and graduate degree programs, visit online.trevecca.edu. More information about Atlanta start dates will be provided soon.

About Trevecca

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Located approximately one mile from thriving downtown Nashville, Trevecca provides a liberal arts education while guiding students to find God’s calling on their lives through traditional undergraduate programs, continuing and graduate studies and online offerings. With students from 44 states and 22 countries, Trevecca offers 15 associate degrees, 83 undergraduate majors, 20 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.


Media contact: Mandy Crow, mmcrow@trevecca.edu, 615-248-1695