Vice President for Business and Finance

michaelthomas-2Michael Thomas

Phone Number: 601-979-3060

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Michael Thomas has a wide variety of financial, budgetary, managerial and systems improvement experience.

Michael is a degreed Accountant with over twenty–eight (28) years of experience in financial and organizational management.

Michael came to Jackson State as interim Vice President for Business and Finance in July 2010 and was named permanent  in July 2011.  In his current capacity, he oversees all university business operations.

Michael started his career as an auditor for the State of Mississippi specializing in audits of educational systems. After six (6) years, he began working for educational systems.   Over the next 19 years, Michael managed financial and operational systems with budgets ranging from six million dollars to over four hundred million dollars.  Serving in positions of budget director, internal auditor, chief financial officer, chief operations officer, and deputy administrative officer.  Overseeing operational functions such as human resources, graphic arts/printing, business services, transportation services, dining services, information technology services, facilities management and property/inventory accounting.

Since  2002, Michael has committed a lot of effort and study on organizational improvement through performance metrics  monitoring and reporting and quality customer service.

Michael believes that leaders, in order to be effective must be trained and must be readers of the most current management and leadership literature.  His library of books in this regard include:  QBQ (Question Behind the Question) by John Miller, What Got You Here, Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith, Good To Great by Jim Collins and Leading Change by John Kotter.  The most recent additions to the leadership library are: Honoring The Trust, Quality and Cost Containment in Higher Education by William Massey and Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter.

Michael is a member of various national and regional organizations such as NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers) and SACUBO (Southeastern Association   of College and University Business Officers).  He is also involved in the local community serving on various boards.