Lee M. Thomas

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Lee M. Thomas
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6th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
In office
February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William Ruckelshaus
Succeeded by William K. Reilly
Personal details
Born Lee Muller Thomas
(1944-06-13) June 13, 1944 (age 75)
Ridgeway, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dorothy Thomas
Children 2
Alma mater University of South Carolina

Lee Muller Thomas (born June 13, 1944) was head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.[1] from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan. He succeeded William Ruckelshaus. He is a Republican.[2]

Administrator of the EPA when the report "Unfinished Business: A Comparative Assessment of Environmental Problems" was released.

Thomas earned his Masters in Education from the University of South Carolina, where he did postgraduate work in psychology. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

He went on to become President and Chief Operating Officer of Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 2005.

He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Rayonier, Inc. on March 1, 2007 and became Chairman on July 1, 2007.

In 2008, Thomas serves as a member of the board of directors for the following entities: Airgas, Inc., the Regal Entertainment Group, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the World Resources Institute,[3] the American Forest and Paper Association, and DuPont.[4]


  1. EPA press release (November 29, 1984). Lee M. Thomas biography
  2. "Lee M. Thomas". Retrieved January 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. World Resources Institute Biosketch of Lee M. Thomas. Accessed March 27, 2012.
  4. "DuPont News Releases". onlinepressroom.net. 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External Links

EPA Alumni Association - Interview with Lee M. Thomas regarding his career at EPA

Government offices
Preceded by
William Ruckelshaus
6th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Succeeded by
William K. Reilly