May 2019 Message
Once again, we find ourselves at the end of another academic year. Despite the ups and downs in our day-to-day lives, I do hope that when looking back over the past nine months, you find that it has been fulfilling both personally and professionally. Thank you for all your efforts this last year in support of our student’s learning and success. I know each of you has invested a great deal of time and energy toward this end, whether in the classroom or counseling office, at the front counter or in and around the grounds. You do incredible work every day, and I applaud you for your commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of our students.
As I look back, the 2018-19 year was one of continued progress toward the achievement of our strategic goals, thanks in no small part to your efforts. I want to extend a special thanks to all those who served diligently as a member of our project teams, governing councils and constituency groups in support of our ongoing efforts to redesign our students’ experience and our institution. As I shared with you this last January, early indications of these redesign efforts are extremely encouraging.
As we move into the 2019-20 academic year, there is much to look forward to. Starting in the fall, students will find it much easier to navigate our main campus thanks to the installation of a new wayfinding system. They will also have access to significantly more personal support through our new Health and Wellness Center slated to open in January. Our guided pathways redesign efforts will also continue, with a focus on simplifying our student’s front-door experience and expanding our Achieve@ARC case-management support program.
Next year will also be one of transitions. For me, it will be my last year serving as your college president. After much contemplation, I’ve decided it is time for me to pursue some other long-held life goals. While it is too early to say goodbye just yet, I want each of you to know how fortunate I feel to have been given the opportunity to serve alongside you. This has been and continues to be the most rewarding and fulfilling professional experience of my entire career. Early in the fall term, you will receive more information about the presidential search process and timeline. Until then, please feel free to reach out to me directly should you have any questions.
For all you do on behalf of our students and one another, my sincere appreciation. Enjoy your summer.
Dr. Thomas Greene
began his service as American River College President on August 4, 2014, becoming the seventh President in the college's history. Prior to joining ARC, Thomas served as the Vice President, Academic Affairs & Student Services at Lake Tahoe Community College. In that role, he served as chief learning and student services officer, providing overall strategic leadership to instructional, continuing education, and student and academic support service operations. He also led institutional accreditation efforts and district-faculty collective bargaining, oversaw multiple federal grant programs, led staff and managed operational budgets in excess of $8M. Thomas was also responsible for fostering key partnerships with K-12 and university counterparts, while serving as a member and chair of several boards as part of community engagement efforts.
Part of those community efforts included serving as board chair of the Tahoe Prosperity Center. In this role, Thomas provided leadership to an innovative non-profit collaborative comprised of leaders from business, government, education, and non-profit organizations designed to promote regional sustainability through economic vitality, environmental stewardship, and healthy communities in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Prior to his service at Lake Tahoe Community College, Thomas served as Associate Vice President, Student Services at Sacramento City College. Here he provided leadership to a wide variety of student services operations. He also led various enrollment management initiatives and other improvement efforts as the president of the college's senior leadership team. He recruited, supervised, evaluated, and supported the ongoing development of deans, directors, supervisors, faculty and staff in a variety of assigned instructional and student services areas. Thomas was responsible for operational budgets in excess of $10M and also directed grant initiatives encompassing instructional and student service operations.
Over the last several years, Thomas has also served as an Associate and Facilitator with The Center for the Study of Community College Student Engagement in Austin, Texas. In his work, he assisted community colleges throughout the nation in utilizing their student engagement and other data to inform improvement efforts. He facilitated the building of leadership capacity and collaborative approaches to decision-making.
Prior to relocating to Sacramento, Thomas served as the Special Assistant to the President at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida working collaboratively on the senior leadership team to promote learning and student success, providing leadership to a wide variety of initiatives, including the development of the college's future-campus deployment strategy and system-level enrollment modeling. He also supported educational policy development and advocacy efforts at the state level.
Thomas holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and community college leadership from the University of Texas, Austin -where he received the national dissertation of the year award for his examination of the relationship between student engagement and academic outcomes for community college students in the ethnic minority. He also holds a B.S degree in finance and a M.S. degree in counseling from Northern Illinois University, and has published a number of scholarly articles in the areas of student engagement and developmental education.
Prior to his tenure as a college administrator, Thomas served on the counseling faculty, and was the program coordinator of the EOP&S and CARE Programs at Lake Tahoe Community College. And prior to his career in higher education, he spent a number of years working in field and experiential learning as a coordinator and instructor for the Voyager Outward Bound School.