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Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., has promoted John Thomas ’70 to associate professor of business law & paralegal studies and a standard faculty appointment.

An economics and business graduate, Thomas served as master of ceremonies for the inauguration of NCC’s third president and presented the faculty welcome at the May 2004 commencement. In 2003, the college’s paralegal program received American Bar Association accreditation.

“I was most appreciative of the administration’s recognition of the teaching standards, professional development, and college service I had engaged in during my first six years at Northampton Community College,” Thomas says.

After earning his J.D. from Temple University, he held the positions of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, managing attorney for the Pennsylvania Workmen’s Insurance Fund, and legal cost auditor for Legalgard, Inc.

Since 1997, he has been teaching courses in business law, American jurisprudence, constitutional law, ethics, and legal specialty subjects. He serves as coordinator for NCC’s paralegal program and is a member of the College Committee on Discipline and Academic Appeals Committee.

Thomas says that his Lafayette education was influential in his transition to teaching after a career in the public and private legal sector. He tries to provide his students with an undergraduate experience similar to his own, which included interaction with “extremely qualified and caring” faculty and an emphasis on critical thinking and communication.

Thomas is grateful that his wife, Terry Thomas, also teaches at NCC as assistant professor of early childhood development, he adds.

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