SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Thomas C. Segar, of Hagerstown, has been named vice president for student affairs at Shepherd University, effective Aug. 1.
As vice president, Segar will report to Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley and serve on her executive staff. He will provide the leadership and vision for the Division of Student Affairs, which includes the administration, operation, budget and management of residence life, the Student Center, dining services, student activities, commuter affairs, Greek affairs, conference services, health center, counseling center, multicultural student affairs, student community service, veterans affairs and international students.
“Tom is a skilled communicator, leader and listener who views our students as our most important constituency,” Shipley said. “His familiarity with Shepherd’s students and programs, as well as his mastery of the academic field of student development, will serve him well as he leads Shepherd’s Division of Student Affairs.”
Currently, Segar is the assistant vice president for student affairs and director of residence life at Shepherd. He has held positions as a college administrator at Shepherd and at other institutions in the areas of residence life, multicultural affairs and disability services.
A past doctoral fellow and research assistant in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland, Segar has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in intergroup dialogue and multicultural practice in student affairs at the University of Maryland, and is a former adjunct faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. He has served as a co-principal investigator for a research study on service learning and is a past project manager for a national study on student leadership.
Segar has published more than a dozen articles and delivered more than 30 national and regional conference presentations.
An independent consultant to colleges, public school systems and other educational organizations for 10 years, Segar speaks and writes about leadership, diversity and social justice, and has created and evaluated educational programs for colleges and universities. He has delivered more than a dozen keynote addresses, and 150 invited talks and presentations at more than 50 institutions and organizations throughout the United States.
Segar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland. His dissertation explores the relationship between sociocultural discussions and social change behaviors among college students.
He earned his master of science degree in counseling with a specialization in college student personnel from Shippensburg University, and his bachelor of science degree in psychology and certificate in African-American studies from the University of Maryland.