UPS names Ronald Thomas next president

Ronald R. Thomas, college vice president at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., was elected president of the University of Puget Sound this past Thursday. He will assume his responsibilities as thirteenth president of the university on July 16.

William T. Weyerhaeuser, chair of the University of Puget Sound’s Board of Trustees, announced the decision following the unanimous board vote.

“Ron Thomas is an outstanding choice to lead Puget Sound at this time in the school’s history,” said Weyerhaeuser. “The trustees enthusiastically approved his nomination. He clearly understands Puget Sound’s commitment to its liberal arts mission, and he demonstrates the skills needed to furthering the university’s strength and reputation within American higher education.”

Thomas, 54, succeeds Susan Resneck Pierce, who will retire after 11 years as president in July.