Thomas C. Segar, Ph.D.


Dr. Tom Segar is a past Easton Hall Resident Assistant (RA), Orientation RA, and Denton Community student maintenance assistant at the University of Maryland.  He currently holds the position of Vice President for Student Affairs at Shepherd University, a public liberal arts institution in West Virginia located 75 miles from Washington, DC.  He provides leadership to 27 departments and functions including residence life, dining services, student activities, leadership programs, the health center, counseling services, student engagement, multicultural student affairs, veterans support services, fraternity and sorority life, international student services, new student programs, and the dean of students office.

Tom also serves as an Affiliate Graduate Professor in the College Student Development and Administration Master’s Program at Shepherd and teaches graduate courses on the higher education student, law and governance in higher education, student leadership development, and management and leadership in student affairs.

Tom works as an independent consultant to higher education institutions, service agencies, and other organizations.  He speaks and writes on administrative and student leadership development, community building, and diversity and social justice advocacy.  He has delivered hundreds of presentations and talks at over 70 institutions, organizations, and conferences throughout the United States over the past 15 years.

Tom is a past Doctoral Fellow and Research Assistant in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland.  He has co-taught undergraduate and graduate courses in intergroup dialogue and multicultural practice at the University of Maryland.  He is a past project manager for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership sponsored in part by the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs.  He is as a co-Lead Facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, and an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Certificate in African American Studies from the University of Maryland, and his Master of Science degree in Counseling with a Specialization in College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.  He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Maryland.  His concentration was teaching and social justice in higher education.  His dissertation, a national study including over 94,000 participants, explored the relationship between socio-cultural issues discussions and social change behaviors among undergraduate college students.