Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
Institution: Misericordia University
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is the ability to guide and support other individuals, teams, or organizations.
Why is networking/mentoring important?
Networking provides an opportunity to examine the same challenges from many different aspects with many others providing insights. Mentoring is important to me so that I can give back to the higher education profession through guidance for the next generation of leaders.
Why are you a member of PAACE?
I am not a member of PAACE. I am an ACE Fellow and have been active with the Fellows for sixteen years.
I accepted the invitation to serve as a Presidential Sponsor to the PA ACE Network to share my extensive experience in both faculty and staff administration, especially in the areas of linking strategic planning to budgets and resources, risk and crisis management, and the many lessons learned through sixteen years as a vice president and president. I also hope to build relationships so I can serve as a confidential sounding board for ideas, concepts, and thoughts about both present work and future career opportunities.
Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D. became the 13th president of Misericordia University on July 1, 2013. During the last five years, Misericordia University enhanced study abroad initiatives, dramatically increased the number and quality of faculty-student research and scholarship initiatives, replaced its entire student information system, renewed regional accreditation, launched a new strategic plan, and initiated a capital campaign through solicitation of the largest gift in the institution’s history.
Dr. Botzman was an American Council on Education Fellow in 2002-2003 and has served as a mentor four times. He chaired the ACE Council of Fellows in 2015-2016 and has served on the executive committee for eight years. He also served for a decade as the ACE Fellows program lead instructor for the Pennyfield College case on planning and budgeting.
Prior to assuming the presidency at Misericordia, Dr. Botzman served as vice president for business and finance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 2004 to 2013. He also held the title of interim vice president for development and secretary to the Board of Trustees (2009 – 2010). Dr. Botzman previously served for 15 years on the faculty at Mount Union College in Ohio, also serving as associate academic dean (2003-2004) and director of international studies (1993 – 1997). He was a visiting professor four times and Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Dr. Botzman worked in private industry prior to becoming a faculty member and is the inventor of 12 U.S. patents.