Old Main in the summer

Senior Leadership Team

President Anita Thomas Biography

Anita Thomas, Ph.D., assumed her role as the 11th president of North Central College on July 1, 2023. She also holds the faculty rank of professor of psychology in North Central’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Thomas was unanimously elected by North Central College’s Board of Trustees following a national search that engaged trustees, students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Her appointment is historic. In North Central’s 162-year history, she is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as president.

Prior to North Central, Dr. Thomas was executive vice president and provost at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. As chief academic officer, she provided strategic leadership for the university’s academic programs. She was also responsible for student affairs and career development. Prior to serving at St. Catherine, Dr. Thomas was the founding dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, where she provided oversight for academic programs in psychology, social work, mental health counseling, and art therapy.

Previously, Dr. Thomas served for 10 years at Loyola University Chicago, where she was a faculty member in the counseling psychology and school counseling department. She became the graduate program director for counseling psychology and later associate dean for academic affairs and research in the School of Education.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Thomas was raised in a family of educators. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago, specializing in family therapy and multicultural counseling. She also holds a master’s degree in community counseling from Loyola and a bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University.

President Anita Thomas

Senior Leadership Team

North Central College is governed by a Board of Trustees of up to 46 members, which meets three times a year, in October, February and May. The president is assisted in their duties by a senior leadership team.