Superintendent Bob Thomas
The Knox County Board of Education appointed Bob Thomas as superintendent of Knox County Schools during a special-called meeting in March 2017. He officially took the seat on April 6, 2017.
As superintendent, Mr. Thomas will focus on three “non-negotiable” priorities: enhancing student achievement, creating a positive culture and eliminating disparities.
Mr. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education. Additionally, he completed extensive course work beyond his Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at the University of Tennessee.
With more than 44 years in education, Mr. Thomas began his career with Knoxville City Schools as a teacher at Bearden Junior High and then at Bearden High School. As a high school teacher, he taught general business, accounting, business law, business math and health classes. While at Bearden High School, he served as the Athletic Director and assistant coach for football and track. Mr. Thomas was named Bearden High School’s Teacher of the Year in 1982. Upon leaving Bearden High School, Mr. Thomas moved into school administration at Rule High School where he served first as an assistant principal and then as principal.
He joined the administrative staff as a Personnel Specialist with the Knoxville City Schools in 1985. In 1988, he was promoted to supervisor in the Personnel Department of the Knox County Schools. In 1990, he became the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Human Resources. His responsibilities included overseeing the following departments: finance, human resources, maintenance and operations, transportation, information technology, school security, school nutrition and facilities. Most recently, he served as Assistant Superintendent with the oversight of charter school applications, exploration of opening a Recovery High School, implementation of the new payroll/human resources system and assisted in resolving challenging employee issues. He also served as a member of the Professional Educator Collaborative Conferencing Act Team.
Mr. Thomas served as the Executive Director of the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute from 2010 to 2016. He has been a member of the Tennessee, Southeastern and American Associations of School Business Officials, the Tennessee Association of School Personnel Administrators, the Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Fraternity and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He is also a lifetime member of the University of Tennessee Letterman’s Club.
Mr. Thomas and his wife Beckye have a son, Brandon, a daughter-in-law, Annalise and a Dalmatian named Melody.