Beyond Education


Thomas College History

Thomas College has a long, rich history of academic excellence. From the beginning in 1894 on Main Street in Waterville when the college was known as the Keist Business College, Thomas College has always adjusted itself to meet student need. In 1896 the College was purchased by William Morgan and after establishing a reputation for career training, it was renamed Morgan Business College. John L. Thomas Sr. purchased the College in 1911, and he renamed it Thomas Junior College in 1950.

In 1956, the College moved the campus to a building on Silver Street that was considered one of Waterville's largest and finest estates. In 1959 the College was re-charted as a non-profit institution, and in 1962 the name of the college changed for the last time - to Thomas College. Thomas College began operating at the current residence on the West River Road in 1971.

Since 2000, enrollment had doubled with the curriculum and campus expanding accordingly to meet those needs. In 1999, Thomas College was the first in the country to provide students the innovative Guaranteed Job Program giving them the confidence of success.

In 2012, the Board of Trustees continued to plan for Thomas's future by approving both the Strategic and Campus Master Plans that will guide the College through the next decade.

Past Presidents

John Thomas

John L. Thomas Jr.
1956 - 1980

Paul Jenson

Paul Jenson
1980-1986

 Cyril M. Joly, Jr.
1986-1989

George Spann

 George R. Spann
1989-2012


  Alma Mater

To thee oh Alma Mater
We sing a song of praise;
With joyful strength and duty
Our voices loud we raise.

To praise thee for the knowledge
That thou dost give to us;
We learn with joy and gladness
Within thy well-loved halls.

To thee oh Alma Mater
We pledge our loyalty
Thy fame dear Thomas College
Our constant aim will be.


Thomas College's mission is to prepare students for success in their personal and professional lives, and for leadership and service in their communities


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Thomas College. Beyond Education.