Thomas is a veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience in secondary and post-secondary education. She is the only African-American woman currently leading a technical college in Georgia and is the fifth president in the history of Atlanta Technical College.
Under Thomas’ leadership, Atlanta Technical College has garnered the reputation as one of the nation’s premiere post-secondary institutions. Enrollment at the college has soared to nearly 5,000 students per semester and despite the economic downtown, the career placement rate has remained above 98 percent.
Atlanta Technical College provides opportunities for education and career preparation in more than 100 programs of study in the areas of business and public service technologies, health and public safety technologies and industrial and transportation technologies. The college provides an exceptional education to a diverse group of students, younger and older people, high school and college graduates, persons with special needs, and persons with varied backgrounds, training requirements, and interests. There are more than 60 countries represented on campus and all students are encouraged to be engaged in the social and academic life of the college and their community.
In addition to recognizing Dr. Thomas, the ABL also honored Daniel P. Amos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aflac (CEO of the Year); Karen Duckett, president of Duckett Design Group, Inc. (Entrepreneur of the Year Award); Ed Baker, Publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle (Visions of Excellence Award); and Rev. C.T. Vivian, Vice President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Distinguished Service Award).
The ABL serves as a leading organization for minority business development and advocacy in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Each year the ABL recognizes local chief executive officers (CEOs) for outstanding participation in minority vendor development and community activities.
Each year ABL members nominate leaders in the city for the various awards and a selection committee reviews the nominations and makes a final decision based on the best qualifications for the award descriptions.
The Atlanta Business League is the South's oldest and most influential minority business development and advocacy organization. Formed in 1933, the Atlanta Business League seeks to provide economic empowerment and business development opportunities for minorities throughout the metro Atlanta community with specific emphasis on the development of African-American businesses.
About Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is located in the city of Atlanta, is an accredited institution of higher education that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunity, associate degree, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-