BOUNTIFUL – M. Donald Thomas will discuss the challenges of education in Utah schools and ways the educational process might be strengthened at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Centerville chapter.
The meeting will be held at the Wight House, 95 N. Main in Bountiful, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Thomas was superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District from 1973 to 1984.
In addition to working in Utah, Thomas held educational positions in Iowa, Illinois, New York, California, South Carolina and Tennessee.
He served as a consultant to the governors of Tennessee and in South Carolina. In that state, he directed the Division of Public Accountability, which strives to ensure equitable delivery of educational programs.
Thomas was recognized for school improvement projects by the White House Private Sector Initiative.
In 1992 he was invited by Mikhail Gorbachev to help improve the education system in Russia and to introduce democratic principles to 90 Russian educators.
He has written widely on education and leadership and is recognized for his work with effective school research and strategies for implementing the effective school practices.
Thomas was born in Bugnara, Italy to Italian parents and moved with them to the United States when he was 6 years old.
He has earned several awards including the George Washington Medal for Character Education in the Salt Lake City schools in 1983.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Dubuque in Iowa and his masters and doctorate of education degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.
Thomas’s speech is open to the public, and tickets are available for $12.50. Guests are asked to reserve seating by calling Don Gardner at 801-300-0069.