John Lloyd Thomas

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In this name, the family name is Lloyd Thomas, not Thomas.

John Roland Lloyd Thomas (22 February 1908 – 11 April 1984) was a noted Anglican clergyman, and later the Principal of St David's University College from 1953 to 1975. He was, himself, a graduate of St David's College, gaining a BA from the institution before completing a second BA in Theology at Jesus College, Oxford. He was the first Lampeter graduate to become Principal of St David's.

During his years as principal, he led the college into membership of the federal University of Wales. Previous principals had fought to maintain the college's independence, and the move was not universally popular, but it ultimately proved to be a turning point in the college's history, and saved it from near-certain bankruptcy. He later wrote about these events in a book, Moth or Phoenix? St David’s College and the University of Wales and the University Grants Committee (ISBN 0-85088-503-5). The title parodies previous claims that the college was like a moth, burning its wings as it tried to escape the light of the University of Wales.

Lloyd Thomas' name lives on at the college in the residential Lloyd Thomas Hall and refectory.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry Kingsley Archdall
Principal of St David's College
Succeeded by
Position Discontinued
Preceded by
New Position
Principal of St David's University College
Succeeded by
Brinley Rees