Rushad Thomas is the program manager of the Fund for Academic Renewal, a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.In this capacity Mr. Thomas helps plan events; drafts FAR publications; researches college donors, wealth advisers, collegiate programs, and faculty; and manages FAR’s client communications platform. Before coming to FAR, Mr. Thomas spent three years as the program and editorial associate at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, where he managed Foundation programs including lectures and high school debate; publications; and television, radio, and social media outreach.
A native of Bushnell, Florida, Mr. Thomas attended Florida A&M University as a United Negro College Fund/Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, graduating with a B.A. degree magna cum laude in Political Science in December 2011. In May 2014, Mr. Thomas obtained an M.A. degree in Government and a Graduate Certificate in Political Management from the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. While at Regent Mr. Thomas served as a graduate assistant for Dr. Eric Patterson, a just war theorist, and conducted research on a variety of historical and policy issues ranging from terrorism and drones to the Spanish-American War. Mr. Thomas also received the Outstanding Research Award for his thesis “The Political Movement of Pat Robertson,” as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award in recognition of his excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service.
Mr. Thomas is an avid fan of the British Monarchy, and when he is not watching documentaries about the Royal Family, he can be found hiking mountains, getting lost in museums, visiting historic sites, reading The Economist newspaper, or listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He resides in Burke, Virginia.