AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Randal Thomas

Randal Thomas

Graduation Year: 1973; 1980
Degree Earned: B.S., English; MS.Ed., Instructional Technology
Institution: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Retired Major General Randal Thomas is president of the SIU Board of Trustees. He earned a SIUE bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in instructional technology. He served the U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 1983 and later served as the adjutant general for the Guard. He holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College and had a 30-year career at Hillsboro High School (Ill.) where he taught English before serving as the school’s librarian and media director.