Wednesday, February 01, 2012 - 11:45 AM
Dr. Thom Chesney
Marriott Dallas / Addison Quorum Hotel
Dr. Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D., has been president of Brookhaven College within the Dallas County Community College since August 2011. From August 2008 to August 2011 he served as Associate Provost for Student Success and Assessment, Associate Professor of Arts and Humanities, and SACS Accreditation Liaison for the University of Texas at Dallas. While at UT Dallas he initiated the university's GEMS (Gateways to Excellence in Math and Science) quality enhancement plan which help effect dramatic improvements in student performance in gateway STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses for undergraduate students. Prior to that role, he served as District Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Collin College (Collin County, TX) from July 2004 to August 2008, having joined the college as District Dean of Communications and Humanities in 2003. He previously held administrative and faculty positions in Pennsylvania (PA College of Technology) and Texas (TX Wesleyan University). He earned his Ph.D. in English Literature from Florida State University — completing a dissertation on George Orwell, a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Minnesota State University — Mankato, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish with a minor in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
In addition to his portfolio of academic experience, Chesney is currently in his fourth year as chair of the leadership programs advisory committee for the McKinney (TX) Chamber of Commerce, is a graduate of Leadership McKinney, served for four years on the City of McKinney Arts Commission (one as chair), was recognized as one of Collin County's 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, and has over the years offered his voice and writing talents to McKinney Summer Musicals, Minnesota and Florida Public Radio, and a variety of other print and broadcast media. He lives in McKinney with his wife Dr. Noelle (Woods) Chesney — Director of Music Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church and Music Director, McKinney Summer Musicals — son Drew, and daughter Ellen.