Drake Thomas

Lecturer of Business

Contact Information

  • dthomas2@unca.edu
  • 284-9200
  • 113 Delany Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Note:

Drake Thomas joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 2023 as a Lecturer of Business. His diverse background combines service in the US Navy nuclear power program, extensive operational and teaching experience with networking and system administration, and 10 years of executive experience as Chief Information Officer for an Asheville-based not-for-profit healthcare organization.  His professional career has included regional initiatives with the WNC Health Network; serving as a founding employee and technical advisor for the Education and Research Consortium; and seven years of full-time teaching in cybersecurity, virtualization, and system administration at the post-secondary level. Drake is dedicated to mentoring and developing the professional skills of students while working with local employers to solve practical business challenges throughout his courses. His fearless curiosity to bend new solutions to solve old problems, or to bend traditional approaches to solve new challenges, is a hallmark of all his courses. Areas of special interest include ethics, data privacy, technology life cycle management, and storytelling with data.


  • M.S. Technology Management, Columbia University
  • B.A. History, King College


  • Microsoft: MCSE, MCP
  • EC-Council: Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator
  • CompTIA: Security+, Network+

Courses Taught

  • BUS 380 - Management Science
  • BUS 386 - Management of Information Systems
  • GMT 464 - Project Management