Thomas Stith  

Board Member    
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Thomas A. Stith III, NACD.DC, was first elected director with Old Dominion Freight Line in 2021. Since July 2022, Stith has served as CEO of The Michael Thomas Group, a firm that he cofounded in 1995 focused on consulting and advising clients seeking business development opportunities in the public and private sectors. He also serves as a Professor of the Practice at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill, and as a senior fellow for the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, where he previously served as a distinguished fellow to support the Institute’s 2023 Grand Challenge: Workforce Disrupted Seeking the Labor Market’s Next Equilibrium. From January 2021 to July 2022, Stith served as president of the North Carolina Community College System, where, as chief administrative officer of the system, he provided policy oversight and guidelines for the 58 community and technical colleges in the system, the third-largest system in the country. From September 2019 to December 2020, Stith served as district director of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) with responsibility, as the SBA’s senior representative in North Carolina, for developing and implementing the District Office Strategic Plan while directing and managing all SBA programs within North Carolina. From January 2013 to December 2016, Stith served as chief of staff to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, in which role he advised and made recommendations to the governor on public policy, budget, and state government operations matters. Stith brings to the board extensive experience in public policy and administration, diversity and inclusion, and legislative affairs, including valuable expertise with respect to information system management and social and governance matters at the federal, state, and local levels. The board also benefits from the fact that Stith is NACD Directorship Certified®.