Randal E. Thomas

Randal E. Thomas is an American major general who was a member of the Army Special Forces in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969 and a member of the Illinois National Guard. Thomas graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1973 with a BS in English, and a MSed in 1980 in Instructional Technology. He also has a Master's of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Thomas has been a member of the SIUE Hall of Fame since 2011.[1]

Major General (ret)

Randal E. Thomas
Official headshot of Randal E. Thomas provided by National Guard
Thomas as Adjutant General of Illinois (2006)
Alma materSouthern Illinois University (B.S., 1973)
Southern Illinois University (M.S.ed., 1980)
U.S. Army War College (M.SS., 2002)
Home townGlen Carbon, Illinois
Political partyIndependent
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army seal Army National Guard
Tenure1966 - 2007
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held129th Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard
HHC 66th Brigade, 35th Infantry Division, Illinois Army National Guard
Battles/warsVietnam War

Randal is from Glen Carbon, Illinois and he graduated from Collinsville High School. During his time serving in Vietnam, he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for valor in 1968–1969.[2]

Thomas is also the Chairman of the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees which governs the Carbondale campus, Edwardsville campus, School of Medicine in Springfield, and School of Dental Medicine in Alton. He was appointed to the board by Governor Pat Quinn.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Major General Randal E. Thomas". SIUE. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  2. ^ "Meet the Trustees". SIU Board of Trustees. Southern Illinois University. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  3. ^ Hale, Caleb (2013-06-28). "Meet SIU board's new leader". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved 2015-03-02.

External linksEdit

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