Christine Lomer Thompson
Executive Director, Executive Development Programs
Dr. Thompson is an experienced and accomplished leader in higher education with strong expertise in executive development programming, enrollment management, international programming, and program and curricular design. Prior to over fifteen years in the higher education industry, Thompson spent over nine years at the IBM Corporation and at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, gaining experience that included managing a national sales operations team, leading strategic business development initiatives, and delivering operational excellence at the contract level.
Thompson, returning to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, leads its Executive Development Programs offerings. Prior to her return in January 2018, she served as the Executive Director of Columbia College’s Institute for Leadership & Professional Excellence and as a Senior Lecturer in Leadership. She was a member of the president’s leadership team and oversaw the Institute’s five centers: the Center for Applied Learning, the Center for Academic and Professional Advising, the Center for Leadership, the McNair Center for Entrepreneurism, and the Center for Career Coaching and Professional Development. Prior to this role, her prominent work was with the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, and with the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. At the Darla Moore School of Business, she directed the activities of eight graduate degree programs for professional and full-time graduate students, was a member of the school’s curricular design team, and supported a full-scale program enhancement to the internationally ranked International MBA program.
Dr. Thompson graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in economics and business administration from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned an M.B.A. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a doctorate in Higher Education Management from The Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.