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Dr. Daphyne M. Thomas
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JMU Faculty Daphyne ThomasAdolph Coors Professorship of Business Administration 

Year Started at JMU: 1976, 1981


J.D.  The Washington and Lee School of Law 

James Madison University

B.A.   Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Professional background:

Adolph Coors Business Professorship 1995-present.

Continuing Education, American Graduate School of International Management; Thunderbird

Caseworker, Legal Assistance Program, Federal Corrections Institute for Women, Alderson, West Virginia.

Caseworker, Legal Aid Society, Lexington, VA

Aid to the Dean of Minority Affairs, Washington & Lee University

Aid to Director of Admissions, Virginia Tech

Assistant Director of Admissions, James Madison University

Community Service work:

Commissioner, Harrisonburg Electric Commission

Community Service Board , Chairperson

The Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Foundation, Board member

The Sunnyside Communities, Board member

Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees, Foundation Board member, former vice chair of marketing

Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board, former board member

Current Courses Taught:

Business Law for the CPA (review)

The Legal and Social Environment of Business, (M.B.A. Program)

Legal Aspects of Management (M.B.A.)

Business in the Legal Environment (undergraduate)

Business Law (undergraduate & graduate)

Positions Held:

1981-present, Professor, James Madison University


James Madison University Distinguished Service Award, College of Business, 2009

Co-Director and Co- Founder of  the CyberCity Summer Program, honors include:

  • Technology summer program for underrepresented middle and high school students  from Virginia and regionally
  • The CyberCity Technology Summer Program at James Madison University received one of four 2008 ABET President’s Awards for Diversity from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET is the most highly regarded Engineer and Technical society in America.
  • The summer program has also been recognized twice by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and received the Innovation in Higher Education Award in 2009. 

James Madison University Community Service Award College of Business, 2007

James Madison University Favorite Teacher Award, student athletes, 2010

University Diversity Enhancement Award. Office on Diversity at James Madison University, January 2008

College of Business Community Service Award, 2005