Thursday, September 10, 2009

Union Appoints New Board Member

Thomas is a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and Fulbright lecturer

CINCINNATI , OH - Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university that offers a different approach to adult education featuring flexible, individualized, and socially relevant BA, BS, MA, MEd, PhD, EdD and PsyD degrees, online or through brief residencies, today announced the appointment of Maxine Thomas of the Kettering Foundation to the university’s Board of Trustees.

“Maxine Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the board, and her work at the Kettering Foundation emulates Union’s dedication to community involvement and social justice.” said UI&U President Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “Her expertise and talent will prove paramount as Union continues to establish itself as a leader in adult higher education.”

Thomas comes to the board with considerable experience in legal counsel and philanthropy.
She joined the Kettering Foundation (KF) staff in July of 1991 as secretary and general counsel and currently serves as a program officer, directing a number of projects in community leadership. She also leads Kettering work with the American Bar Association and the Ohio Supreme Court and chairs the Kettering Foundation Task Force on China and has served as a member of that task force since 1993.

Before coming to KF, she was an associate dean of the University of Georgia School of Law. She previously served as assistant attorney general for the State of Washington serving in the Office of General Counsel for the University of Washington.

In 1988, Thomas was a Fulbright lecturer at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and has served on the Fulbright Association Board from 1991 to 2000. She was made a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow in 1985, and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995. She served as project director for Kellogg grants for Community Leadership in Health Issues (1996-1999), and for African-American Males Project (1995-1996). She received her B.A in English from the University of Washington, and her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Thomas is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.


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