Building Address: 112 Derieux Place (show on map)
Building Abbreviation: THM
Building Number: 067B
The building was originally named Southwest Gardner Hall. After extensive renovation in 2009, it was renamed Thomas Hall on November 19, 2009 in honor of Chancellor Joab Langston Thomas, NC State’s 9th chancellor.
In 1976 he became the second scientist to lead North Carolina State University. During his tenure, the School of Veterinary Medicine was established along with the Center for Economic and Business Studies. The Institute for Transportation Research and Education, which is an inter-institutional center of the University of North Carolina system, was chartered by the North Carolina General assembly in 1978. Thomas oversaw the establishment of the North Carolina Japan Center by Governor James B. Hunt in 1980. The center continues to strengthen the state’s academic, economic, scientific, and cultural ties with Japan. In 1981, Marine Science and Engineering and Geosciences were integrated to form the present Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The Board of Governors approved graduate degrees in Toxicology during Thomas’s tenure. Under his capable leadership, enrollment grew from 16,903 in fall 1976 to 21,169 in fall 1980.