Geoffrey Thomas

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Geoffrey Price Thomas (born 3 July 1941) was President of Kellogg College, Oxford and Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education until 2008.

He was educated at Maesteg Grammar School, Swansea University (BSc), and Churchill College, Cambridge (PhD). He is also a Master of Arts of the University of Oxford.

Following one year as a Research Associate at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (1966–67), he became a Staff Tutor at University College of Swansea (1967–78). In 1978 he moved to the University of Oxford as Fellow of Linacre College and Deputy Director of the Department of External Studies. In 1986 he became Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. He remained a Fellow of Linacre until 1990, when he became the first President of Kellogg College and an Honorary Fellow of Linacre.

He has been a visiting scholar at the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, University of Washington, University of California, Berkeley, and Northern Illinois University. In 2002, he delivered the Louise McBee Lecture at the University of Georgia.

He is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and has been a member of the Council of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the Universities Association for Continuing Education, and a member of the Cabinet Office Committee of Inquiry on the Public Understanding of Science.

Since 2002 he has been a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
President of Kellogg College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Jonathan Michie