Thomas Glass is Professor of Leadership at the University of Memphis. Over the past three decades, he has served as a faculty member at Northern Illinois University, Washington State University, The University of Detroit and Indiana University. He is a former visiting scholar in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Oxford and is a member of Green College.
He has served public schools as a superintendent and administrator in Michigan, Washington, and Arizona. His research interests are superintendent leadership and preparation. Recently, he was lead author of The Study of the American School Superintedency 2000: A Look at the Superintendent of Education in the New Millennium, the ninth national study of the Amercian school superintendency sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators. He also authored the eight study, The Study of the American School Superintendency 1990: America’s Education Leaders in a Time of Reform. In 1992 he served on the AASA National Commission of the Superintendency and was a contributor to Professional Standards for the Superintendency. He is also co-author of Selecting, Preparing and Developing the School District Superintendent. For ten years he served as editor of The Journal of School Business Management and has been a frequent contributor to numerous education journals.
In twenty-five years he has served as a consultant to nearly a hundred school districts assisting them in public opinion polling, strategic planning, facilities, demographics, communications, and management review. Currently, he is completing for the Education Commisision of the States a policy project featuring a series of opinion surveys with superintendents, chief state school officers, board presidents, and leading educators as participants.