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Jared Thomas, PhD

Vice President, Campus Ministry and Student Engagement
Unit: Executive Leadership Council, Campus Ministries and Student Engagement
Location: Tigerville

“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.” Viktor Frankl
  • Teaching & Education
    • 2017 PhD, Psychology and Counseling, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
      Dissertation: The Effects of Personalized Institutional Communication on Student Knowledge Gain and Success
    • 2014 ThM, NOBTS
      Received as part of doctoral studies
    • 2012 MA, Marriage and Family Counseling, NOBTS
    • 2009 BA, Christian Students, North Greenville University
      Minor in Psychology
    • 2006 High school diploma, Computer Networking Specialization, Highland School of Technology
  • Professional Experience


    2019 – Present | AVP of Student Engagement | North Greenville University

    • Lead the organizational unit that oversees residence life, student activities, student accountability, career planning, student health, and student counseling
    • Lead, manage, and develop a team of 8 full-time staff members
    • Manage a large operational budget and approve all area financial decisions
    • Help lead the development and enactment of the mission and vision for the Department of Campus Ministries and Student Engagement
    • Serve as an “officer with authority” for NGU’s Title IX oversight
    • Helped in the development of NGUleads (a leadership development program at NGU) and was part of the first cohort to graduate from the program
    • Serve on multiple standing committees

    2019 – Present | Faculty – Psychology and Counseling | NGU

    • Courses Taught: General Psychology, Foundation of Christian Psychology, Introduction to Counseling, Senior Seminar
    • Serve as a member of the Institutional Review Board

    2014 – 2019 | Assistant Director of Student Life | NGU

    • Assisted the Director for Student Life in the daily management of the Student Life Department and its sub-department leaders
    • Served as the operational and technological leader in the area
    • Helped guide the department to a paperless business process
    • Led the department in developing a new management system and served as an IT module manager for the Jenzabar SIS project

    2014 – 2019 | Adjunct Professor – Psychology | NGU

    • Courses Taught: General Psychology and Introduction to Counseling

    2012 – 2014 | Assistant Registrar | New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

    • Managed the daily operations of the Registrar’s Office
    • Led and managed a team of 4 full-time and 4 part-time employees
    • Managed all academic reporting for Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

    2009 – 2012 | Blackboard Systems Administrator | NOBTS

    • Responded to all helpdesk tickets in relation to the online learning systems in NOBTS’s network
    • Trained all faculty members in the best practices of online educational practices
    • Helped faculty members in the development of their online courses and managed all areas of the Blackboard Learn LMS

    2008 – 2009 | Front Desk Coordinator and Database Specialist | Cliffs Realty

    • Worked on weekends only
    • Managed the operational needs for the Cliffs at Glassy Real Estate Office
    • Helped update and manage the home listings and tour dates for all employed realtors

    2004 – 2008 | Product Merchandiser | Choice USA Sun-drop

    • Ran a route of 14 to 20 stores in the Rock Hill, SC area on weekends year-round
    • Managed presales orders for each store and stocked product displays each day Friday through Sunday

    Licensure and Highlighted Counseling Experience

    Licensed Professional Counselor – State of South Carolina
    License Number 6783

    2014 – Present | Clinical Management for Student Counseling Center | North Greenville University

    • Manage a team of two full-time mental health professionals
    • Provide clinical guidance and set goals for the counseling center
    • Provide individual counseling as part of the counseling center’s services when time permits
    • Remain on call for all NGU crisis intervention and suicidality assessment needs

    2013 – 2014 | Paid Counselor Intern | New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

    • Provided counseling services to the currently enrolled students at NOBTS
    • Provided individual and group supervision to master level students while a Ph.D. resident

    2013 – 2014 |Paid Counselor Intern | I Found Hope Counseling, LLC

    • Provided individual and marital counseling services in a church-based counseling center
    • Helped train a group of lay counselors for Williams Boulevard Baptist Church

    2013 – 2014 | Paid Counselor Intern | Celebration Hope Center

    • Provided individual, marital, and supervision services
    • Served as a contract therapist for Jefferson Parish Juvenile Services and worked directly with juvenile sexual offenders, their families, and their victims
  • Selected Publications

    Dissertation: The Effects of Personalized Institutional Communication on Student Knowledge Gain and Success

  • My Network
    • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Heritage Foundation of Travelers Rest
    • Christ Fellowship Network
    • Celebration Hope Center in NOLA
  • My Story
    • From Gastonia, NC
    • Lived in NOLA for 5 years
    • Married since 2010
    • Three kids, one on the way!
    • Is a high functioning nerd
    • UNC Chapel Hills is the best
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