Dr. DeNeia Thomas Named Chief of Staff of West Virginia State University

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Jan. 19, 2018
Dr. DeNeia Thomas Named Chief of Staff of West Virginia State University

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Dr. DeNeia Thomas has been named the Chief of Staff of West Virginia State University (WVSU). She began her new duties Jan. 2, 2018.

Before joining WVSU, Thomas served as the Associate Provost and Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of Psychology at Kentucky State University.

“Along with her passion and deep commitment, as a member of the faculty and embracing challenging responsibilities across a wide spectrum of administrative roles, Dr. Thomas possesses the right combination of experiences, skills, credentials and personal qualities necessary to support the fulfillment of our institutional mission. She is a welcomed addition to our State family,” said WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins. 

Thomas brings a variety of training and professional experiences as a psychologist, professor, consultant and administrator from the local education level to the State Department of Education and various higher education institutions. She has many peer-reviewed publications, has garnered funded projects, has given invited and refereed presentations and has received awards for her contributions to research, teaching and service. She is an active member in professional, civic and community organizations serving in various leadership and support roles.

In her new role at WVSU, Thomas is responsible for carrying out the leadership’s agenda, as a member of the President’s executive cabinet, coordinating and managing day-to-day operations of the President’s office, developing and executing policy initiatives, strategic and legislative priorities to achieve the institutional mission and goals. She also serves as the liaison to the University’s Board of Governors. 

Thomas earned her doctorate degree in educational psychology, an education specialist degree in school psychology and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Kentucky and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kentucky State University. 

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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