Biola University’s School of Education and Associated Students hosted “A Conversation with California Secretary of Education, Glen Thomas” on Wednesday, April 29. Dr. Thomas, who graduated from Biola as an undergraduate in 1968, was greeted with a celebratory homecoming as President Barry H. Corey welcomed Glen with a special dinner, including program participants and local area school administrators.

Following the dinner, members of the Biola community gathered to hear Glen share about his career journey and answer questions in a panel discussion on Education. Panel participants included Michael Long [2008 California Teacher of the Year and Biola alumnus], Charlotte Evensen [Warren High School Teacher and Biola alumnus], Pete Menjares [Associate Provost of Diversity Leadership], Eric Weaver [AS President] and Cami Cress [AS Senior Vice President].

The evening also offered the audience a glimpse into Dr. Thomas’ time as an undergraduate at Biola, with a special slideshow of photos and personal stories of his active involvement in the Biola student body. As a personal close to the evening, Dr. Thomas received an award from the Associated Students-- a miniature replica of the “Biola egg,” which he was originally responsible for “stealing" in the 1960s, a tradition that exists to this day at Biola. Additionally, the School of Education presented Dr. Thomas with the Career Achievement Award and the Alumni Association gave him a special award, presented by former classmate Sheri Powers.