Michael K. Thomas, EdD

President and Chief Executive Officer, New England Board of Higher Education

Michael K. Thomas is the president and chief executive officer of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), a regional organization working with the 260 colleges and universities in the six New England states to address issues related to New England's human capital and economic competitiveness.

Thomas directs NEBHE's policy, research, publishing, programmatic, and fundraising activities. These focus on promoting innovative K-12, postsecondary and lifelong learning policies and on expanding collaboration among leaders of business, government, and education. Thomas has extensive experience in university administration. He served as a policy aid in the University of Massachusetts President's Office and subsequently as coordinator of institutional research and as executive assistant to the president at Lesley University.

He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Brigham Young University and master's degrees in higher education from the Teachers College at Columbia University. He earned a doctorate in education and social policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from Boston University.


  • EdD Harvard Graduate School of Education