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From Alum to CIO: Thomas' Success Story at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lemuel Thomas Lemuel Thomas is no stranger to success. After serving in the military for three decades and retiring as a high-ranking official, Thomas transitioned into relevant IT leadership positions in the civilian sector. He currently works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the Chief Information Officer of the National Ocean Service. Along the way, he has built quite the list of accomplishments, including several higher education credentials.

Thomas earned his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2009 and his Master of Arts in Public Administration from Troy University in 1999. In 2022, he added one more master’s—Master of Science in Information Management Technology from University of Arkansas Grantham.

Recently, we caught up with Thomas and asked about his studies at UA Grantham:

Why UA Grantham?

I chose UA Grantham because the institution allows students to pursue their degree on their own terms. I was able to complete my discussions, assignments, and even the majority of my exams when I had the time to do so. My studies never interfered with my job or my family life.

The UA Grantham Difference – More Support

I liked the assignments best, especially those involving project management. They were challenging and they forced me to rely on my own research capabilities. Nevertheless, my professors were always there to quickly answer whatever questions I had. My professors allowed me to align my studies with my work experiences and future endeavors. My advisor took the time to check on me from time to time. It was very much appreciated.

Your UA Grantham degree – Real World Applications

I already work in the IT Management field for the federal government as a Chief Information Officer. My pursuit of this degree allowed me to confirm or deny whether I was using the right IT business processes.

I’m happy to say that this is my third master's degree. This one was really for my personal gratification.

Your UA Grantham Education – Lifelong Learning

University of Arkansas Grantham was a great choice for me. I’m looking into other areas (at UA Grantham) in which to continue my education. I have recommended UA Grantham to many of my co-workers.

There is no guarantee, express or implied, that a college degree or certificate from University of Arkansas Grantham will improve employment prospects, earnings, earnings potential, or career advancement opportunities.

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