Thomas, Ann Victoria

Ann Victoria
Thomas, JD
Year Inducted: 
Ann Victoria Thomas
  • 1980-1999 General Counsel University of Kansas
  • 1976: First woman to serve as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at KU
  • 1975: Assistant District Attorney for Johnson County
  • Chair of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission

I am a native Kansan, and grew up in southeast Kansas. I attended the University of Kansas where I was a Watkins Scholar. I graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor’s degree in French and one in International Relations. I graduated with highest distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I continued my education at KU and completed a Master’s degree in Political Science in 1966. After several years away from the University, I returned in 1972, attended law school and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1975. I then worked for a year as an assistant district attorney in the office of the Johnson County District Attorney in Olathe, Kansas. When a position in the General Counsel’s office at KU became available, I applied and returned to the University in the fall of 1976. I spent the next twenty-three years at KU, representing the University, its Medical Center and its affiliated corporations in a variety of legal matters. I also taught a graduate course in higher education law for several semesters in the School of Education. I retired from the University on December 31, 1999.


"I consider my major achievement participating with an outstanding group of associates in the General Counsel’s office in representing the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center for twenty years. I was also fortunate to serve with General Counsel Michael Davis for four years prior to being appointed General Counsel when Mr. Davis left the office to become Dean of the Law School at KU. I enjoyed participating in various civic and charitable organizations in Lawrence, Kansas, including serving for seven years on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. I served as Chair of the Commission during some of those years." -- Ann Victoria Thomas

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