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Rebecca "Becky" Thomas


Chief of Staff



Office Location:

Bristol Campus: King Building 22

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"He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself....” - Kate Chopin, The Awakening

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” - Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)


I currently serve as the Chief of Staff and Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness in the Office of the President.  My first day of work at King was June 29, 1999, and I have served in the areas of public relations, alumni relations, fundraising, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation. 

I grew up in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, and now enjoy being at home in my Hundred Acre Wood (like Winnie the Pooh) with my husband, two children, two dogs, two mules, and one chicken. I enjoy reading, lattes, archery, yoga, hiking, camping, making order out of chaos, and the TV shows “Homeland” and "Madame Secretary."  I do not enjoy cooking, laundry, or bad grammar.  And if I could be anywhere in the world, it would be the Outer Banks in North Carolina.


PhD, Organization and Management - Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Dissertation: “Exploring Women’s Perceptions of Work-Family Enrichment Experiences

Influencing Higher Education Leadership Culture: An Exploratory Qualitative Inquiry”

MBA - East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

BS, Sociology - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

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