New dean at Saint Joseph's University

A psychologist and administrator at Loyola University Maryland will become the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University, the school announced Wednesday.

Amanda McCombs Thomas, most recently the associate vice president for graduate studies at Loyola — a Jesuit institution like Saint Joseph’s — will begin the job on July 1.

Thomas began working at Loyola in 1991 as an assistant professor of psychology and has held various posts at the Baltimore university including associate chair and chair of the psychology department and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A licensed psychologist, she has a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Georgia. Her research expertise centers on family and childhood psychology.

“It is an honor and privilege to join the community of Saint Joseph’s University,” Thomas said in a statement. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work together with those in the College of Arts and Sciences and throughout the University on our shared academic goals, steeped in the rich tradition of Jesuit education.”

Thomas replaces Jeanne Brady, who was serving as interim dean. The previous dean, William Madges, left May 31.