Dr. Charles F. Thomas of Natchitoches earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health and Physical Education from NSU, then Louisiana State Normal, in 1941 and 1950. He earned his doctorate in Health and Physical Education at George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University in 1959.

Thomas served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1945, then became a teacher and basketball coach at Bastrop High School. He was head basketball coach at NSU from 1950-57 and a professor until 1961 when he became State Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for the Louisiana Department of Education. Thomas returned to NSU as a professor in 1963 and later served as head of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In the following years, he served as Dean of Administration, Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He retired from teaching at Tulane University in 1983.