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Morgan State Picks Alum as Athletic Director

April 7, 2000

BALTIMORE - Morgan State University has hired David Y. Thomas, Ed.D as its Director of Athletics. Thomas will become the 11th AD in the history of the school. He replaces Garnett Purnell, who left in August, 1999 to become Director of Athletics at Wittenburg College in Springfield, Ohio. Tanya V. Rush has been serving as Acting AD since Purnell's departure. Dr. Thomas, who had been Director of Athletics at Bowie State University for two years, will assume his new duties at MSU on May 1, 2000.

Thomas says he is "euphoric" about the opportunity to return to his alma mater. "Morgan State has always been in my heart. I've always had a strong affection for the University and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to return home to serve Morgan," Thomas said.

Thomas served MSU as a student athlete, coach, administrator and alumnus. He brings a variety of athletic administrative experience to the position.

Prior to taking the position at Bowie State, Thomas spent nine years as the Associate Director for Internal Management at California State University in Los Angeles. He was also the Director of Athletics at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury for eight years.

Thomas graduated from Baltimore City College in 1963. He did his undergraduate work at Morgan State receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1972. He went on to earn his Master of Science Degree in Physical Education from Morgan State in 1979. He earned his Doctor of Education Degree in Sports Administration from Temple University in 1994.

Thomas is a life member of the Morgan State University Alumni Association, a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as well as the Black coaches Association. He is also a founding member of the newly formed Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

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