Thomas College is a business and liberal arts College, located in Waterville, Maine, Thomas specializes in business, education, and technology
Thomas College has a long history in Waterville, Maine, beginning in 1894 when it was founded as a nonsectarian, co-educational college dedicated to career training. It was founded as Keist Business College and was located on three floors above the F. W. Woolworth Company in the Edith Building on Main Street in Waterville. At the turn of the century, Keist Business College was purchased by Willam Morgan. It was renamed Morgan Business College in 1896. In 1911, a Peterborough, New Hampshire railroad administrator, John L. Thomas Sr., who himself was a business college graduate, purchased the college and renamed it Morgan-Thomas Business College. For half a century the College trained accountants and secretaries and gained an excellent reputation. In 1950, the college was renamed Thomas Junior College and in 1956 the college moved from Main Street to the former home of John Ware on Silver Street. The 1960s was a decade of significant growth and development for Thomas College. Men's and women's dormitories were dedicated. Thomas Junior College was renamed Thomas College. In 1963, the Maine State Legislature granted Thomas the right to confer four-year degrees and in 1964 the Mariner Library, named after Chairman of the Thomas College Board of Trustees, Ernest C. Mariner, was opened. In 1965 a theater for lectures and dramatic presentations was constructed, but towards the end of the decade, the college had outgrown its Silver Street campus. In 1966 the College purchased more than 70 acres (280,000 m2) of land next to the historic Kennebec River. The entire college was relocated to the West River Road campus. In March 2011 The Harold Alfond Foundation announced a commitment of $5 million that will support the construction of the Harold Alfond Academic Center and the establishment of the Harold and Bibby Alfond Scholarship Fund at Thomas College. This commitment is the largest single gift in the history of the College. The College also unveiled the campus master plan which outlines plans for campus growth with construction of a dozen new buildings. In April 2012, the College announced the inauguration of its fifth president, Laurie Lachance, M.B.A.'92.
The mission of the Information Technology Services department is to help all areas of the college by providing resources and support for the tools required by students, faculty, and administrative staff in their day-to-day activities. Information resource emphasis is based on the following priorities. instruction and learning student research and access to resources administrative support directly affecting current students administrative support affecting recruitment and development other administrative support collaborative partnerships