Marjorie Thomas
Marjorie Thomas

New College has appointed Marjorie Thomas as the new vice president for student affairs, effective August 15.

Thomas will oversee Housing & Residential Life, Student Activities & Campus Engagement, the Counseling & Wellness Center, the Student Success Center, Student Disability Services and Student Conduct Services.

“Marjorie brings to New College a breadth of student affairs experience in academic enrichment, student engagement, diversity and inclusion, and accessibility services,” said President Donal O’Shea. “She will play a vital role in reestablishing a flourishing campus experience for our students, whose lives have been upended this past year by the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.”

Thomas, who has served as dean of students at the College of William & Mary since 2013, was previously the associate vice president for student affairs for six years at the College of Charleston.

She also worked at the University of Miami, beginning in 1995 as the assistant director and coordinator of minority recruitment. Two years later, she became the associate director of multicultural student affairs, before finally becoming the university ombudsman and assistant to the vice president for student affairs.

“There is no doubt that the unique approach to education and the student experience is valued at New College,” Thomas said. “I look forward to helping the university grow and achieve its priorities, while building on the distinctive features that have enabled it to thrive as a public liberal arts college.”

Thomas holds a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from Florida A&M University College of Law, a master’s in education (M.Ed.) degree from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University.

At New College, Thomas will replace Randy Harrell, who has served in the role on an interim basis since 2019.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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