|Title: ||Michael Edward Thomas Papers|
|Date: ||1983-1989 (bulk 1988-1989)|
|Size/Quantity: ||1.6 linear feet (four document cases)|
|Language: ||This collection is written in English.|
Georgia Institute of Technology. Office of the Executive Vice President.
Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
|Abstract:||In 1988, under the leadership of then-President John Patrick Crecine, a restructuring plan was undertaken to prepare for the future of Georgia Tech as it continued to develop as a dominant technical institution. Michael E. Thomas, then acting executive vice president, was deeply involved in the academic restructuring. These papers, including correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and proposals, document the reorganization of Georgia Tech.|
Dr. Michael E. Thomas came to Georgia Tech in 1978 from the University of Florida. Former professor and department chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IsyE), he helped lead the school to national prominence. Thomas was special assistant to the president for academic affairs and acting director of the Manufacturing Research Center. In the late 1980s, under the presidency of John Patrick Crecine, Thomas served as acting executive vice president, responsible for overseeing Tech's academic restructuring, which resulted in the formation of three new colleges and numerous new degree programs. In addition, he helped to oversee the implementation of many of these degree programs; created new promotion, tenure and reappointment standards; and managed the Institute's budgeting process.
In 1988, newly arrived President Crecine laid the groundwork for a reorganization effort to establish a structure that would bring Georgia Tech resources into non-traditional areas and enhance their accessibility in traditional areas; provide a structure relevant to education and degree programs that would better prepare students to enter a world that is constantly changing; and to strengthen areas of weakness as a technical institution in order to move into the class of top-ranked technical institutions in the world. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni who were involved in the reorganization were divided into several committees: Computer Committee; Decision Science Committee; International Committee; New College Committee; New Division Committee; Public Policy and Management Committee; Psychology/Organizational Behavior Committee; Science Committee; Social Sciences, Philosophy and Cultures Committee; and Steering Committee.
Prior to the reorganization, Georgia Tech was organized into four colleges: Architecture, Engineering, Management, and Sciences and Liberal Studies (COSALS). The plan eliminated COSALS, which previously housed computing, English, natural sciences and social sciences, but created the College of Computing, the College of Sciences, and the new College, which eventually became the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs. The new college contained the former College of Management, which was reduced to a school within the new college (President Wayne Clough created a new College of Management in 1998), as well as new schools that offered degrees in the humanities and social sciences, with special emphasis on how these disciplines interact with technology. This change, a somewhat radical one, upset many individuals at Tech; the reorganization was approved by a margin of eleven votes among the entire faculty body. The Ivan Allen College celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2001.
After serving in the position of acting executive vice president for a year, Thomas became Tech's chief operating and academic officer, overseeing all academic and most administrative areas. In the early 2000s, Dr. Thomas stepped down from his position as provost to become executive director of the Center for Internet Research, Policy and Application.
Scope and Content Note
The Michael Thomas Papers are composed of meeting minutes, proposals, correspondence, and interim and final reports detailing the efforts of individuals and groups in their support of a restructuring plan for Georgia Tech to make it better prepared for the future as a top-class technological institution committed to students, faculty, and expanded research. Each of the committees is represented through meeting minutes, correspondence, and reports. These papers do not document any other of Dr. Thomas's activities during his long tenure with Georgia Tech.
Please cite Michael E. Thomas Papers (MS063), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Michael Thomas donated these papers. Accession #1989.0901 (old number: 89-09-01).
Susan J. Illis and processed these papers in 2004.
Revisions to Finding Aid
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A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.
|1||1||Academic Council, 1988-1989|
|1||2||Alumni Representatives, 1988|
|1||3||Committee Composition, ca. 1988|
|1||4||Computer Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989|
|1||5||Computer Committee - Report, 1989|
|1||6||Computer Committee - Report - Drafts, 1988-1989|
|1||8||Decision Sciences Committee, 1988|
|1||9||Discrete Mathematics, 1989|
|1||10||Executive Committee, 1988-1989|
|1||11||Georgia Tech National Advisory Board, 1988-1989|
|1||12||Interim Reports, 1988-1989|
|1||13||Interim Reports, ca. 1989|
|1||14||International Affairs Committee - General, 1988-1989|
|1||15||International Affairs Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989|
|1||16||International Affairs Committee - Report, 1989|
|2||1||New College Committee - Correspondence, 1988-Jan. 1989|
|2||2||New College Committee - Correspondence, Feb-Mar 1989|
|2||3||New College Committee - Correspondence, Apr-Sep 1989|
|2||4||New College Committee - Journal Articles, 1988|
|2||5||New College Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989|
|2||6||New College Committee - Report (Final), 1989|
|2||7||New College Committee - Reports and Proposals, 1988-1989|
|2||8||New College Committee - Vote on Alternative Structures, 1989|
|2||9||New Division Committee - Correspondence, 1988-1989|
|2||10||New Division Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989|
|2||11||New Division Committee - Reports, 1988-1989|
|2||12||New Division Committee - Student Center, 1984-1989|
|2||13||Psychology and Organization Behavior Committee, 1988-1989|
|2||14||Public Policy and Management Committee - Correspondence, 1988|
|2||15||Public Policy and Management Committee - Final Report, 1989|
|3||1||Reorganization - Articles, 1983-1989|
|3||2||Reorganization - Charge to Faculty, 1988|
|3||3||Reorganization - COSALS Reports, 1988|
|3||4||Reorganization - Committees, 1988|
|3||5||Reorganization - Correspondence, 1988-1989|
|3||6||Reorganization - Curriculum Vitae, undated|
|3||7||Reorganization - Final Reports of Committees, 1989|
|3||8||Reorganization - Final Reports of Committees, 1989|
|3||9||Reorganization - Recommendation of Academic Council, 1989|
|3||10||Reorganization - Student Representatives, 1988-1989|
|3||11||Reorganization - Student Survey, 1989|
|3||12||Science Committee - Correspondence, 1988-1989|
|3||13||Science Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989|
|3||14||Science Committee - Reports, 1988-1989|
|3||15||Science Committee - Reports, 1988-1989|
|3||16||Social Sciences, Philosophy, and Cultures Committee - Correspondence, 1987-1989|
|3||17||Social Sciences, Philosophy, and Cultures Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1989|
|4||1||Social Sciences, Philosophy, and Cultures Committee - Reports, 1987-1988|
|4||2||Steering Committee - Correspondence, 1988-1989|
|4||3||Steering Committee - Meeting Minutes, 1988-1989|
|4||4||Steering Committee - Reports and Opinion Pieces, ca. 1988-1989|