Texas A&M-Kingsville Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Carrol A. Thomas Elected President of National Alliance of Black School Educators
KINGSVILLE - May 24, 2007
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In a nationwide election that concluded in May, Dr. Carrol A. “Butch” Thomas, a 1999 Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was named president-elect of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE).
Founded in 1970, NABSE is a non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children, particularly children of African descent. NABSE boasts an outreach to more than 10,000 preeminent educators, including teachers, administrators, superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members.
Thomas will serve as the organization’s leader for the two-year term that starts this fall, followed by a two-year presidency from 2009 to 2011. Prior to being named president, he was a veteran member of the NABSE Board of Directors.
Thomas was among the first African Americans among educators and athletes to be chosen as Distinguished Alumnus for the Javelina Alumni Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree at then-Texas A&I University in just three years.
During his time as an A&I student, Thomas played on the Javelina football team, where he was greatly influenced by head coach Gil Steinke.
In Thomas’s published book, T-Notes: Nuggets of Wisdom for Educators, he described Steinke’s challenging practices in preparation for a game against the favored Southwest Texas State College. The two teams were competing for a national conference playoff spot – a challenge that the Javelinas successfully met.
“Coach Steinke inspired a team to perspire to achieve a win. Yes, we worked hard in practice,” wrote Thomas. “It prepared us for the big game. I, as are others on that 1967 championship team, am forever indebted to him for pushing me beyond my self-imposed limitations. It changed my life.”
Thomas has been superintendent of the Beaumont Independent School District for 11 years. It is made up of some 21,000 students, three high schools, seven middle schools and 20 elementary schools. Prior to that position, he served as principal of Estacado High School in Lubbock and superintendent of North Forest Independent School District in Houston.
He is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations and has received nearly every honor bestowed upon an educator in Texas, including Educator of the Month for the Texas School Business Magazine. Thomas was cited by the Texas Legislature for outstanding leadership as a superintendent, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals recognized him as one of the nation’s top administrators. In 1998, Thomas was honored as one of 11 Exemplary Texas Superintendents by the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas-Austin.
Thomas earned his superintendent’s certificate from Texas Tech University and his doctorate from Texas Southern University.
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