Rance Thomas, PhD

Title:  Professor Emeritus
Company: Lewis and Clark Community College
Location: Godfrey, Illinois, United States


  • Catholic Charities Advocacy Council
  • Christian Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council
  • Coalition of Concerned Citizens of the Alton Area Board (vice president)
  • Elijah Parish Lovejoy Memorial (advisory board) (past president 2004-2012)
  • Florissant Fine Arts Council (past president)
  • Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Committee
  • Health Education and Protection Board (past president)
  • Illinois Board of Education Committee
  • Illinois Faculty Advisory Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Highway Construction Program Advisory Board
  • Illinois State University Annuitant Association Board
  • Illinois Urban League Board, Madison County
  • Louisville Theological Seminary (President’s RoundTable Board)
  • National Minority Caucus on Higher Education (founder) (president)
  • North County Churches United for Racial Harmony and Justice Organization (co-founder) (president)
  • North County Incorporated, Regional Development Association, (board of directors, 1995-Present)
  • North Star Scouting,  Saint Louis University
  • Rotary Club of Florissant, MO (presidential nominee)
  • Senior Services Plus Board
  • Southern Illinois University Alumni Association (past president) (board of directors) (lifetime member)
  • SSM DePaul Hospital Foundation
  • SSM Health DePaul Hospital Community Advisory and Foundation Board
  • St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance Board
  • St. Louis University
  • Synod of Mid-America Presbyterian Church (ordained elder) (moderator, 2008-2009)
  • The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of the Alton Area (vice president, 2002-Present)
  • Trinity Catholic High School Board (former vice president)
  • United Way, Southern Illinois United Way Allocation Team
  • University of Nebraska


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2020)
  • Recipient, Hazelwood School District’s Community Partnership Award (2019)
  • Recipient, Dr. Rance Thomas Community Partnership Award (2018)
  • Recipient, St. Louis Metropolitan Urban League Award (2018)
  • Inductee, International Educators Hall of Fame, Youth on the Move Inc. (2017)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Hazelwood School Districts Board of Education (2016)
  • Recipient, Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts, Greater St. Louis Area Council (2016)
  • Recipient, Sustaining Out Community Award, North County Incorporated (2016)
  • Rance Thomas Endowed Scholarship for Criminal Justice Students, Lewis & Clark Community College (2015)
  • Certificate of Special Recognition, United States Congress House of Representatives (2015)
  • Recipient, Paul F. Detrick Legacy Leadership Award, Christian Hospital Foundation (2013)
  • Recipient, Human Rights Award, Elijah Parish Lovejoy Memorial (2012)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Legacy Award, The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of the Alton Area (2012)
  • Honoree, Ageless Remarkable St. Louisan, St. Andrews Resources for Senior System (2010)
  • Recipient, Child Advocate Award, Annie Malone Child and Family Resource Center (2009)
  • Inductee, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Hall of Fame (2009)
  • Recipient, Annie Malone Children’s and Family Service Award
  • Recipient, Christian Hospital Legacy Leadership Award
  • Recipient, Devoted Service Award, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Recipient, Dr. King’s Drum Major Award for Social Justice
  • Recipient, Dr. Rance Thomas Endowed Excellence in Partnership Award, St. Louis College of Florissant Valley
  • Recipient, Faculty Excellence Award, Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Recipient, Founding Board Member Award, The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Alton
  • Recipient, Hazelwood School District Leadership Award
  • Recipient, Illinois Education Association, Human and Civil Rights Award
  • Recipient, Lewis and Clark Community College Minority Affairs Award
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award from Hazelwood School District
  • Recipient, Mildred Hagedorn Award for Exemplary service to Christ
  • Recipient, Missouri House of Representative’s Community Development Award
  • Recipient, Outstanding Community Leadership Award, St. Louis Community College
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service Award for Establishing Racial Harmony within the Community, North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice
  • Recipient, Presbyterian USA Church Giddings-Lovejoy’s Presbytery’s Peacemaking Award
  • Recipient, Silver Beaver Award, Greater St. Louis Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America
  • Recipient, St. Andrew’s Resources Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Award

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