To say that Thomas Greene, PhD is devoted to making an impact in the Oregon education community is an understatement. Dr. Greene’s involvement in the Oregon education system has spanned more than 40 years and has had a remarkable breadth of responsibility. Starting as a Multnomah ESD public school teacher in 1970, Dr. Greene’s career has included work as a principal, superintendent, and university administrator. He currently serves as Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Portland and as a Commissioner on the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission.
How did you transition into the field after your graduate studies?
The doctorate was a key to opening up opportunities in addition to the classroom. Regarding teaching, I was hired in the school district where I was a student and subsequently did my student teaching.
What has proven to be the most useful thing you learned while at the GSE?
Always examine the context in which you are practicing.
What accomplishment in your career are you most proud of?
Helping others realize their talents and potential has been the most rewarding aspect of my career.
The GSE strives to make an impact on our community through the work of our students, faculty, and alumni. What does the term “impact on the community” mean to you?
Whatever your role, it is important to serve the common good. Most recently, serving on TSPC and the Board of the Open Meadow School has given me an opportunity to give back to the community and serve the common good.
What advice would you give currently enrolled or recently graduated students?
Education is a most rewarding field. The potential for interaction with others about meaningful topics and issues is unparalleled in my opinion. Inspiring every mind and touching every heart is the daily mission. What could be better?