Professor Gary Thomas is the University of Sunshine Coast’s inaugural Dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement, where he holds responsibility for whole of institution approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success, learning and teaching, research and community engagement. 

Professor Thomas has worked at the University of Southern Queensland, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, the Queensland University of Technology, and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. He has held academic, professional and senior executive roles, and contributed to Indigenous Education, at both national and international levels over many years.

In 2016, Professor Thomas became the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He is particularly interested in opportunities for clients to shape services and experiences within organisations. Professor Thomas’ work is focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as individuals, families and communities, exercising their rights to self-determination through the promotion of their cultures and dignity.