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J. Michael Thomson, Ph.D.

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Dr. J Michael Thomson currently serves as the Eastern Campus president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in northeast Ohio. The Eastern Campus serves more than 6,000 students, providing two-year associate degrees leading to family-sustaining wage jobs as well as transfer opportunities to four-year institutions. Approximately 85 percent of Tri-C graduates will spend their entire employment career in northeast Ohio.

Dr. Thomson is chief executive officer of the Eastern Campus located in Highland Hills, Ohio. There he leads 550 full and part-time team members with an annual operating budget of $23 million. Dr. Thomson also leads the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at the Eastern Campus and the Hospitality Management Center of Excellence with facilities downtown, at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center and at the Eastern Campus. As a college vice president, Dr. Thomson is the executive sponsor on a variety of projects including the yearlong schedule and e-tenure. Externally, he represents Tri-C to a variety of business, education and civic stakeholders in the community.

Dr. Thomson began his Tri-C career in 2005 as the Western Campus Dean of Academic Affairs. In 2009, he was selected an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, the country’s premier college leadership experience. While on fellowship, Dr. Thomson served at the Ohio Board of Regents and at William Rainey Harper College in suburban Chicago. After returning from the fellowship in 2010, he served as vice president of academic affairs with a focus on outcomes assessment, program review, advisory committees and internationalization. In 2011, he became the inaugural president of the Westshore Campus, a STEM-focused campus. Dr. Thomson moved to the Eastern Campus presidency in October, 2013.

Before coming to Tri-C, Dr. Thomson served at Northern Kentucky University from 1986-2005. As an associate professor in political science, he held a variety of roles including director of the Master of Public Administration program, director of the University’s academic technology services, faculty senate president, faculty regent, and department chair. Previous assignments included faculty and administrative roles at the University of Cincinnati and Ouachita Baptist University.

Dr. Thomson is a first-generation college student holding master and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Kentucky, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.