Faculty and Staff Biography

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Jerry Thomas

Director, Development
Office of Development


Bachelor of Arts from McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.

J.D. University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Okla.


Major Gifts

Planned Giving


I was born and raised in southern Illinois. The first in my family to attend college, following graduation from law school I moved to Sparta, Ill., where I opened my law office. I served as assistant states attorney for Washington County and as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois.

After practicing law in southern Illinois for 20 years, I changed careers and became a fundraiser for the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Following my time in Carbondale, I served as vice president of institutional advancement at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., and then at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Serving as the director of development for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy allows me to return to the areas I find most rewarding: accepting gifts on behalf of the College and working with individual donors to implement their philanthropic intent.

My wife, Diane, a retired teacher, and I have reside in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Both our children and our two grandsons also reside in the metro-east area.