JD & Associates understands choosing a new executive leader in higher education is a considerable financial investment and can often be a time-sensitive responsibility. We also recognize how rewarding the search process can be when the perfect fit for the position has been achieved.

In 2010 JD & Associates launched its educational business unit to further expand its growing portfolio of educational search consulting services. Dr. Ernest L. Thomas was recruited to lead our education executive recruiting, serving as Senior Vice President and Internal Consultant. He brings a wealth of higher education knowledge and leadership to the firm. As an executive leader, he has designed, coordinated and participated in numerous executive searches for the appointment of deans, vice presidents and presidents.

Dr. Thomas also has over 40-years of higher degree education experience in four year university programs and community colleges. He has a progression of leadership positions including Coordinator of Upward Bound for Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington, Director of Educational Support Programs and Dean of Student Development at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In tandem with his administrative appointments, Dr. Thomas served as an adjunct faculty member for 12 years at The Evergreen State College. His teaching and research interests are leadership and change management, sociology of education, intercultural literacy and qualitative research.


  • UNT

  • Kentucky State University

  • UTA Arlington

  • Jarvis Christian College

  • Wiley College

If your educational organization is in immediate need of executive recruitment, please contact us at 817-265-4721 today.

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