Priscilla D. Thomas, M.Ed., Ph.D., County Commissioner of Chatham County, has decided to officially retire after serving over 25 years of public service. She is the longest serving senior elected official, having served on the local, state and national levels. With the many achievements, accolades, and dedication to the community a Retirement Celebration is planned in Honor of Dr. Priscilla Thomas. The Banquet is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Civil Rights Museum in the Priscilla Thomas Multipurpose Room. Tickets are $25.00 per person or $200 per table. The committee requests that attendees wishing to present honorariums, awards, special presentations, gifts or purchase tickets, call (912) 663-4528 or (912) 844-5522.
Dr. Priscilla Thom as is a native of Savannah High School. and graduate of Tompkins She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Savannah State University, a Master’s degree in Education and Administration/ Supervision from Bradley University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology/ Educational Administration from the University of North America. She retired as principal of Haven Elementary School after 30 years in education. However, tireless and dedicated to community service, Dr. Thomas ran for public office and was elected to the Chatham County Commission for District 8 in 1990. During her tenure as Commissioner, Dr. Thomas served as Chairman Pro-tem, and later became the first minority and female Vice Chair of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.
Mrs. Thomas realized her vision to have a formal organization in place that would directly involve youth in the governmental process, as well as develop leadership skills, and implemented 2 programs for youth ages 7 – 14 and 14 – 18. She is the founder and executive director for the Chatham County Youth Commission and Summer Bonanza Partnership, Inc.
Dr. Thomas was among the first minority and women to break into the media. She served as a television producer-host of a public affairs program, called “Spectrum,” that aired on WTOC-TV, an affiliate of CBS, for eight years. She also opened doors on WSAV-TV and WJCL-TV as a co-host on their community outreach programs. She strives to be the best she can be, always at the top of her game. She attributes her success to her hard work and ability to learn. She originally wanted to be a flight attendant. Since her passion was helping people, she realized education was a field where she could make a difference. The most gratifying aspect of her career is reaching young children who don’t have support at home.
In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Dr. Thomas has received a multitude of awards, including being the namesake of the Dr. Priscilla Thomas Multipurpose Room at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. She was also granted the honor of having a street, Priscilla D. Thomas Way, named for her, replacing its previous designation as Wheathill Road. In years to come, Dr. Thomas hopes to continue making a difference.
Dr. Thomas is a Past International President and Past President of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated. She is also named in the Hall of Fame among the Chatham County Retired Teachers. She is a certified travel consultant, an event planner, and creator of “Priscilla’s Tasty Chocolate Treats”. Dr. Thomas and her Husband Nathaniel have one daughter and one grandson. They are lifelong members of Fairlawn Baptist Church and First Bryan Baptist Church in Savannah.