As the Associate Vice President of Accessibility and University ADA/504 Coordinator, Tom is responsible for sustaining and advancing high-quality programs and services that support accessibility for those with disabilities. He provides leadership for the Office of Disability Services and works broadly to advance Wright State’s reputation of setting national standards of excellence in the area of access and accommodation. In his role, Tom seeks to eliminate barriers that hinder a student’s, faculty’s, or staff member’s opportunity to work, learn and thrive as members of the Wright State community.
Tom is in the 2023 Leadership Dayton cohort and also serves on the board of directors for the Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton as the Vice Chair. In 2022, Governor DeWine appointed him to the Statewide Council on Independent Living.
Before working at Wright State, he held director positions at the University of Delaware, McDaniel College, and Chesapeake College, and taught classes in undergraduate and graduate programs on disability studies, special education, and special education law.
Tom served for two years in Washington, D.C., as a Kennedy Disability Policy Fellow, which included working with the 110th Congress on multiple policy issues related to education, labor and disability. His efforts in that role included negotiating and drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008. In 2009, he was appointed by the governor of Maryland as chair of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Psychology from Washington College in Maryland, and is a doctoral candidate in Education: Innovation and Leadership at Wilmington University in Delaware.