Dr. Thomas C. Segar has been an independent consultant to colleges, public school systems, and other educational organizations for over 15 years. He speaks, writes, and researches on administrative leadership, student leadership development, diversity, and social justice topics, and has created and evaluated educational programs for colleges and universities. He has delivered over 200 keynote addresses, invited talks, and presentations at over 60 institutions and organizations throughout the United States. He has presented over 30 refereed national and regional conference presentations.
Dr. Segar currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Shepherd University. He oversees 27 departments and functions including the dean of students office, residence life, dining services, conference services, the Student Center, student activities, leadership programs, the health center, counseling services, disability support services, community services and service-learning, student engagement, student success, multicultural student affairs, veterans support services, fraternity and sorority life, international student services, student conduct, and new student programs.
Dr. Segar teaches in the Shepherd University College Student Development and Administration graduate program and holds the rank of Affiliate Graduate Professor. He teaches courses on the higher education student, student leadership development, and management and leadership in student affairs. He has previously held positions as a college administrator in the areas of residence life, multicultural student affairs, and disability support services.
Dr. Segar 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 and is a former adjunct faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He served as a co-principal investigator for a study on the state of Maryland’s mandatory high school service learning requirement. 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.
Dr. Segar 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 from the College Student Personnel Administration Program 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 behaviours among undergraduate students.