Thomas Jacobson

Associate Professor

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Thomas Jacobson


Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Originally from Anoka, Minnesota, Dr. Thomas Jacobson became a teacher to influence the lives of students.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University in 1969 and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from St. Cloud State College in 1973.  

Jacobson became a principal in 1975.

“I got into education because of a passion for working with kids.”  

Her earned his educational specialist degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

He then began working as a superintendent in Northern Minnesota.

“When I was a teacher, I was influencing about 30 students a year. When I became a principal, I was influencing 500 students a year. When I became a superintendent, I was influencing between 3,000-5,000 students a year.”  

He later moved to Gunnison, Colo. where he was superintendent for four years. During his time there, he taught as an adjunct professor at Western State Colorado University.  

“Being a professor is the best job I’ve ever had because of the intellectual challenges and my colleagues.”  

Jacobson came to UNK in 1991. He has been teaching human resources management for 24 years. He currently teaches leadership class, administrative theory and school community relations.  


  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Traveling to visit his four sons Matthew and Eric of Hawaii, Mark of Washington and Scott of New York, and his three grandchildren