Larry ThomasLARRY THOMAS has been appointed vice president for communications at the University of South Carolina. Currently director of external affairs, community engagement, legislative affairs, and business support activities for multiple business units of British Petroleum in Texas, Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master of public administration degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia. He also served 25 years of active duty as a captain in the U.S. Navy.