Please join us for lunch!

For our meeting Monday Jan 31th 2022, we welcome Tom Bogart, President, Columbia College.


Tom Bogart was born in Berea, Ohio and attended elementary school in New Jersey and middle school and high school in Virginia.
Bogart received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematical Sciences from Rice University, where he also played on the soccer team. He received a master’s degree and a doctorate in Economics from Princeton University. His dissertation explored the relationship between state government policy, local government policy, home values, and voting patterns. It was recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Tax Association.

Bogart’s academic career began in 1990 as Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead School of Management. He achieved tenure in 1996 and was promoted to Associate Professor. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Chair of the Economics Department. From 2002 to 2010 Bogart was Dean of Academics and Chief Academic Officer at York College in Pennsylvania. Among his many achievements at York, he led regional reaccreditation, facilitated accreditation or reaccreditation for nine programs of study, launched ten new undergraduate majors and three graduate programs, created the Center for Community Engagement and the J. D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, and increased undergraduate enrollment by 12% and full-time faculty by 16%.

Bogart was President of Maryville College in Tennessee from 2010-2020. Highlights of his decade of service as President of Maryville College include: leading two campus-wide strategic planning efforts, helping to secure the largest gift in the history of the college and increasing annual fund giving by 40%, increasing net assets from $77 million to $145 million, increasing the endowment from $51 million to $91 million, and operating with a net unrestricted budget surplus every year. The College received multiple awards for beautification, sustainability and climate change initiatives, added benefits to same-gender partners, and increased student diversity through Scots Science Scholars program (NSF funded) and “Dreamer” initiative in partnership with Equal Chance for Education.
Bogart has written various articles and publications in the field of economics with special focus on urban economic development, the impact of school quality and public policy on housing markets, and evolving metropolitan structure.

During his time at Maryville College, Bogart served as treasurer of the Appalachian Colleges Association, Chair of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, board member of Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, executive committee of USA South Athletic Conference and on several SACSCOC accreditation visiting teams. In Pennsylvania Bogart served in multiple leadership roles as part of the YorkCounts regional strategic planning and implementation group.