Sombat Thamrongthanyawong


Honorary Degree (2013)
Doctor of Humane Letters
Location: Indianapolis
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (2012)
Location: Thailand
Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie


Dr. Sombat was the first graduate in the doctoral program in Public Administration at NIDA. He began his teaching career at NIDA in 1989 and rapidly ascended to the rank of professorship as a result of his outstanding research. He has also been recognized in Thai society for his service on a number of important boards and organizations.

He has served as a member of the National Housing Authority, the Thai Maritime Navigation Company, and the Forest Industry Organization. He currently serves as the chair of the Secondary Mortgage Coprporation and as a member of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand.

As a junior student at Kasetsart University, he received a medal for academic excellence from His Majesty the King. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in science from Kasetsart and was named the university's "Alumnus of the Year" in 2005. In 2008, he was named "Alumnus of the Year" by NIDA.