Thomas Ellett, Ph.D., is a full-time leader in higher education, with a focus on student affairs, a field in which he and his team have been lauded as one of the leading service-delivery / innovative organizations in the country. His work includes focusing on enhancing students’ overall living and learning experience outside the classroom, particularly in the areas of student involvement and engagement, residential living, orientation, student conduct, high school immersion programs on college campuses, and departmental assessment. He also holds an academic appointment to teach graduate level courses. Additionally, he is a certified life coach and provides personal and executive coaching services.
Throughout his career, Tom has been a thought leader in the field of student affairs. He often serves as a keynote or invited speaker at industry conferences, and has served as an external reviewer at over twenty institutions and professional associations. Most recently, Tom has been an invited speaker at a variety of international venues. He has presented to institutional members of the student affairs staff of the prestigious Russell group at Cambridge, and other university staff in Amsterdam, Rome, and most recently in Stockholm, where the city leadership asked him to address stakeholders responding to the European Union’s Eramus Programme about the need to increase student accommodations.
Tom has been professionally active in associations focused on student affairs. He has served on the executive boards of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) in the Tri-President Role (VP, President-Elect, President) and as President of the Mid-Atlantic College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO). He has published numerous articles in journals and industry magazines. Tom has also served as the project director and principal investigator for three of the studies resulting from a $50,000 grant funded by ACUHO-I, which focused on the crisis in recruiting and retaining entry-level staff in the field. He is a co-founder of the Regional Entry Level Institute, an institute for entry-level professionals in the field.
Tom received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in Education, Leadership, Administration and Policy program, an M.F.A. from The Catholic University of America, and a B.A. from Fordham University. Other institutional affiliations include New York University, Syracuse University, and Utica College.
Tom is an avid reader and a weekly blogger on LinkedIn, addressing many topics related to enhanced professional development for higher education professionals, and also has a separate blog about the books he has read that have been recommended to him by student leaders (http://whattheyrereading.blogspot.com/).
Tom and his wife have two sons, both of whom he has coached in little league. Tom is active in community affairs in his home base of New York City. He is the Past President of the Greenwich Village Little League in Manhattan. His other community involvement includes his role as Chair of P3, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing children’s development through sports and recreation in lower Manhattan, and he volunteers at Franciscan Deliver’s food pantry on weekends. His wife is enrolled in a doctoral program in Nursing.