Dr. Thomas Stewart

Executive Vice President, Executive Director of the Cause Research Institute (CRI), & Co-chair, S-JEDI Council

National University

Dr. Stewart is the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the Cause Research Institute at National University. He also Co-Chairs the Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (S-JEDI) Council at National University. Dr. Stewart is an experienced executive leader, with over 30 years of K-12 and post-secondary experience in education and criminal justice reform, innovation, and transformation. He has done extensive work in providing educational and other developmental opportunities for underserved and underrepresented individuals and communities. Before his current position, Dr. Stewart served as President of John F. Kennedy University, and President of Patton University. He has co-founded or led over 20 schools, universities, and non-profit organizations, including the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA). He has authored numerous publications on school reform, parent involvement, criminal justice reform, and leading change with grace. Dr. Stewart is a U.S. Army veteran, and he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Government from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the District of Columbia.