Executive Director, Center for School Leadership
Matt Thomas, EdD, is the Executive Director of The Baylor Center for School Leadership, overseeing the operations of the Center and leading the strategy, planning, and coordination of programs. The Center is dedicated to advancing evidence-based approaches to educational improvement and values-driven leadership through a range of programming and resources. Founded in 1985 as the Center for Christian Education, the Center updated its name in 2020 to reflect its mission to serve leaders in K12 schools.
Dr. Thomas joined the Baylor School of Education in 2018. Previously, he had served in Christian schools, Christian higher education, seminaries, and pastoral ministry for more than 25 years. Most recently, Dr. Thomas served as the Executive Director of a national radio ministry broadcasting on more than 600 stations.
His experience and expertise include mentoring, the development of leaders within Christian organizations, and organizational culture and health. Motivated by the joy a person experiences when they invest in the life of another, Dr. Thomas aims to equip Christian leaders to lead from a posture of humility and Christ-like influence that catalyzes the leader to effectively help that institution fulfill its mission. Dr. Thomas is deeply committed to training leaders to purposefully engage the seismic shifts facing Christian institutions today and firmly believes that the effectiveness of an institution is most closely related to the quality, character, and training of its leaders.