Dr. David Thomas
The Economics Department is saddened to announce the passing of Dr. David Chandler Thomas on December 28, 2021. Dr. Thomas earned both a BA and an MA in Economics from the California State University (SJSU) and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University (GMU). He had an earlier career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, launching four successful tech companies and raising more than $75 million in seed, strategic, and venture capital. Dr. Thomas also represented the tech industry in Washington DC as Executive Director of the Software Industry Association and EVP of Business Development for TechAmerica.
Dr. Thomas started his second career as a Ball State Economics Department faculty member. His research was primarily in the fields of health economics and entrepreneurial economics. David was very optimistic, resilient, and tenacious. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues at Ball State and across the nation.