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Ted A. Thomas


Ted Thomas is the Director of the Department of Command and Leadership in the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Ted graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY in 1978 and served 20 years in various command and staff positions before retiring as a battalion commander in 1998. He received a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering (1986) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management (1998) from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He taught at USMA from 1987 to 1990 becoming an Assistant Professor and Course Director for Structural Analysis from 1989-1990. 

Dr. Thomas joined the faculty at CGSC in 2005 and became the department director in 2007. He supervises over 35 civilian and military department members who develop and deliver leadership curriculum for the 10-month long resident Command and General Staff Officer Course. Over 1400 resident students annually attend the course, with representation from 80 plus countries across the globe and members from each branch of the armed services. Over nine hundred students attend at satellite locations and non-resident courses teach another four thousand plus students annually.

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