Lee M. Thomas

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Lee Thomas
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6th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
In office
February 8, 1985 – January 20, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byWilliam Ruckelshaus
Succeeded byWilliam Reilly
Personal details
Lee Muller Thomas

(1944-06-13) June 13, 1944 (age 74)
Ridgeway, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dorothy Thomas
EducationUniversity of the South (BA)
University of South Carolina, Columbia (MEd)

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

Thomas led 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.
  3. ^ World Resources Institute Biosketch of Lee M. Thomas. Accessed March 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "DuPont News Releases". onlinepressroom.net. 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Ruckelshaus
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Succeeded by
William Reilly