Georgetown Dean Honored as a Top D.C. Business Leader
March 21, 2014 – The Washington Business Journal honored David Thomas, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and 24 other minority business leaders last night for their professional accomplishments, community leadership and philanthropy.
Thomas, who was nominated for the 2014 Minority Business Leader of the Year by Georgetown alumnus Ted Leonsis (C’77), has served as dean since 2011 and become an active member of the Washington, D.C. business community.
“Dean Thomas understands the higher calling of Georgetown University and is leading the business school to meet its destiny as the leading double bottom line graduate institution on the planet,” said Leonsis, founder, chair and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “As an alum, board member and a parent with a son at the business school, I couldn't be prouder of him.”
Thomas serves as a trustee of the Federal City Council, whose members have demonstrated a commitment to community engagement and a passion for improving D.C.
He also has co-chaired an executive committee comprising the deans of four local business schools to partner with the D.C. mayor’s office in developing a five-year economic plan for the city. Thomas assigned five MBA students to work with the deans to develop the plan, saving the government more than $1 million.
In addition to his work at Georgetown and the city, Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of DTE Energy and is a member of the Estoril Conferences Advisory Board of Portugal, which addresses the challenges of globalization.
“I am deeply honored to be nominated and selected to receive this award,” said Thomas. “My parents instilled in me very early the importance of education, and the opportunities from that education transformed my life. That’s why I’m so passionate today about creating transformational experiences for our students to enable them to change the word.”