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Vicky Thomas named director of Services for Students with Disabilities, Project AIM

September 12, 2013
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Vicky Thomas, director of Services for Students with Disabilities and Project AIM

EAU CLAIRE — Vicky Thomas recently was named director of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and Project Ability in Motion (AIM) at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The SSD office works with students, faculty, staff and community partners to facilitate the provision of services and accommodations that will ensure that university facilities, programs and activities are universally accessible. Project AIM is a federal TRIO Student Support Services program designed specifically for students with disabilities. This grant provides academic advising and career counseling with the goal of increasing retention and graduation rates of students with disabilities.

Prior to her director appointment Thomas served as the advising and academic services coordinator for Project AIM at UW-Eau Claire. She also worked closely with the previous director and other Student Support Services staff members to move the Project AIM grant from its initial stages to full implementation. Prior to that, Thomas served as an academic adviser at UW-Stout for eight years.

"Vicky's knowledge of the AIM grant and her broad connections across campus, combined with her tremendous concern for the needs of students with disabilities, made her an ideal choice for this position," said Debbie Gough, director of the Student Success Network. "She will lead the office during a time of exciting change. The move to Centennial Hall in January will allow the office to provide additional services to students and their instructors — and will encourage even more collaboration with other offices. Vicky's calm and collaborative leadership style is perfect for this transition."

Thomas said she is looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities she will face in her role as director.

"I look forward to hearing more of the success stories and amazing accomplishments of our UW-Eau Claire students with disabilities who overcome many challenges," Thomas said. "I'm excited about our future move to Centennial Hall where we'll join the Academic Skills Center, Math Lab and Center for Writing Excellence as a partner in the Student Success Center. As a military spouse, I'm committed to serving veterans and their families, and am eager to collaborate with faculty and staff in providing outreach and education to address accessibility issues and the unique needs of students with disabilities."

Thomas received a bachelor of science degree in rehabilitation from Montana State University Billings and a master of education degree in counseling from the Boston University Germany Overseas Program. She also earned master of science counseling certification from UW-Stout.

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