2018 Annual Conference Speaker – Alvetta Peterman Thomas

Alvetta Peterman Thomas

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas is the president of Southern Crescent Technical College. There, she oversees an approximate $32 million budget and nearly 650 full and part time employees on five campus locations spreading over eight counties in Georgia’s South Atlanta region.

Prior to her arrival at Southern Crescent Technical College in December of 2016, Dr. Thomas served for eight years as President of Atlanta Technical College where, under her leadership, the college increased enrollment, expanded program offerings, developed global partnerships, and expanded campus facilities. In 2012 Atlanta Technical College was named the Technical College System of Georgia College of the Year. Before her appointment as President, Dr. Thomas served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Atlanta Tech. In that capacity, she led the institution to an unprecedented level of academic excellence and instructional program expansion. In 2007, Atlanta Tech was named America’s Best Community College by Washington Monthly.  

Before arriving at Atlanta Tech, Dr. Thomas served as Executive Director at Skills for Tomorrow Charter High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Instructional Support Services Coordinator at the Technical College System of Georgia, then known as the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE); Education Specialist at the US Department of Defense; teacher and curriculum specialist in the Savannah Chatham County Schools; and adjunct assistant professor at Alabama State University.

She has been honored by the National Science Foundation; US House of Representatives; and the DTAE/UGA Community and Technical College Leadership Initiative, of which she was a first-cohort graduate. In 2007 she was named one of Atlanta’s Twenty-Five Most Influential Women by rolling out; in 2008, she was a finalist for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and has been recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. A member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009, Dr. Thomas has been recognized by the Fayette County NAACP as a Champion of Change and with a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council. She has served as “Principal-for-a-Day” with the Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools and as “Principal Partner for a Day” with Clayton County Schools. Dr. Thomas has been named a “Female Powerhouse” in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She was named by the Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine as a “Superwoman” for 2011. Also in 2011, Dr. Thomas received the Salute to Black Heritage Education Award from the Concerned Black Clergy and was honored as the “Phenomenal Woman of the Year” by Phenomenal Women’s Health, Inc. Dr. Thomas was honored with the Atlanta Business League’s “League Leadership Award” at its annual CEO Luncheon in May 2012. She has been recognized as a “Woman of Vision” by the Atlanta Business League. On May 11, 2016, Dr. Thomas received the Woman of Influence and Impact Award from Woman’s University. She was also honored by the National Women’s History Project, and The Esquires, Inc. Most recently, on October 20, 2016, The University of Georgia Graduate School honored Dr. Thomas with the 2016 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award.

Her community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Griffin RESA and the Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce, as well as membership in the Rotary Club of Griffin. She is also actively engaged with the Atlanta Business League, Aerotropolis Atlanta, and the Atlanta Regional Commission Educated Workforce Committee.

She received her B.S. in Political Science/Education from Alabama State University, a M.A. in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University, and an Ed.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.

Not just focused on her career, Dr. Thomas and her husband AJ are the proud parents of two and the grandparents of three.