Henry M. Thomas, III serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Springfield, Inc. Mr. Thomas is a native of Springfield, MA and has worked in the Urban League movement for 43 years; serving 39 years as President and CEO. At the age of 25, he became the youngest appointed President/CEO of a National Urban League Affiliate, in the Nation. Previously, Mr. Thomas served as Vice President for Youth Development with the National Urban League (New York). He is also the former Chair of the Springfield Fire Commission and the Springfield Police Commission.
Mr. Thomas serves as Chief Executive Officer for the historic Camp Atwater - the oldest African American overnight youth camp in the United States – which he reopened in 1980 following a six-year hiatus.
On September 14, 2007, former Governor Deval Patrick appointed Mr. Thomas to a five-year term on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and reappointed him for a second five-year term on October 4, 2012. Mr. Thomas also serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and was recently appointed to Governor Charlie Baker’s Transition Committee (Education) for 2014-15.
Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology; Masters of Arts degree in Human Resource Development from American International College; and a Jurisprudence Doctorate degree from Western New England University School of Law. He also received honorary Doctoral Degrees from BayPath University and Westfield State University; Senior Executive Leadership Program, Harvard University - Kennedy School Government and Public Policy.