The West Virginia University Alumni Association welcomed James “J.T.” Thomas to its board of directors during the fall meeting (Nov. 6).

Mr. Thomas is a senior validation associate at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. where he is responsible for data management and trend analysis for the equipment cleaning validation program. Thomas has held various positions since joining Mylan in 1998, including quality assurance assistant, granulation operator and inspector.

“We are so pleased to welcome J.T. to our board of directors,” said Board Chair Mike Petruski. “As a graduate of this University and a parent of a WVU student, J.T. is very passionate about our alma mater. His insights and perspectives will help us continue to move our organization forward.”

Mr. Thomas graduated from WVU in 2000 with a degree in physical education and athletic coaching education. During his time at WVU, he played linebacker for the football team where he led the team in tackles and was named the 1994 Carquest Bowl’s defensive player of the game. After two successful seasons at WVU, Thomas played linebacker for the Arena Football League’s Albany Firebirds. In 2007, he was inducted into the Minor League Football News Hall of Fame.

While a student at WVU, Thomas was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He has remained active in the life of the University by volunteering his time a number of causes and organizations. In 2005, he helped to establish the Horace and Geraldine Belmear scholarship fund which has raised more than $13,000 to provide financial assistance to a WVU student. Thomas is also active in the Association’s black alumni constituent group which works to keep graduates engaged and involved in the life of the University through reunion programs and other activities.

Mr. Thomas and his wife, Rochelle, reside in Morgantown with their four children, J.T. Thomas III, a student at WVU and member of the football team, Jared, A.J., and Raquel.

Mr. Thomas replaces Shelia Price whose term ended earlier this year. A complete list of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors can be found on its web site –


Contact: Tara Curtis, WVU Alumni Association