The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Annex is named in her honor for her civil rights legacy and leadership in the community.
SAVANNAH, GA, April 06, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Priscilla D. Thomas, M.Ed., Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Thomas celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Contributing over 60 years to her field, Dr. Thomas, a retired county commissioner for Chatham County, GA, looks back on her career with nothing but admiration. Well-respected in her role, some of Dr. Thomas' duties were organizing meetings, planning incentives, and attending national conferences. Known as the longest serving senior elected official who served on the local, state, and national levels for 24 years, she is also the founder and executive director of the Chatham County Youth Commission and the Summer Bonanza Partnership, Inc. Receiving national attention as a best practice for civic youth engagement, hundreds of youths graduated from her program and have gone on to start similar programs in many states. Being able to reach out to young children who do not have the necessary support at home has been her greatest achievement.
Highly educated, Dr. Thomas holds a bachelor's degree from Savannah State College, Master of Science in elementary education from Bradley University, and Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy and education from the University of St. Louis. A certified commissioner, she is also a certified independent meeting and event planner and certified travel consultant and holds extended vision certification from Atlanta University and administrative certification from the University of Georgia.
The author of "In Touch," a quarterly newsletter for citizens of District 8 that informs and educates citizens on issues, decisions, and trends, Dr. Thomas also published a second newsletter, "The Principal Speaks," between 1968 and 1986, which was designed for students, teachers, and parents. Noted as one of the first minorities and women in the media, she was also a television producer and host of the public affairs program "Spectrum" for nearly a decade, which aired on WTOC-TV, an affiliation of CBS, and co-hosted community outreach programs on WSAV-TV and WJCL-TV.
A member of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the National Association of County Commissioners and a former president of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Dr. Thomas is locally involved with the Economic Opportunity Authority, the Young Men's Christian Association, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, and the National Association of the Blind, and is a dedicated member of the Fairlawn Baptist Church. A moderator for the National Youth Summit in 2007, which was sponsored by the National Association of Counties in Richmond, VA, Dr. Thomas testified on behalf of education before the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and during the public hearing on health care and services for the elderly, which was sponsored by the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center.
Honored with multiple awards throughout her career, including an Outstanding Community Service Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. in 2014, a Plaque for Many Years of Service from The Chatham Area Transit Authority Library in 2012, and a National County Government Month Award from The National Association of Counties in 2012, Dr. Thomas was cited in many professional publications for her dedication, such as Worldwide Who's Who. Even more impressively, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Annex is named in her honor for her civil rights legacy and leadership in the community.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Priscilla D. Thomas, M.Ed., Ph.D., has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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