Maryville College names new president

Dr. Tom Bogart

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Dr. Tom Bogart

In its 190 year history, Maryville College has had ten presidents. The 11th was announced today by the Maryville College Board of Directors. Dr. William T. Bogart, dean of academic affairs and professor of economics at York College of Pennsylvania, will begin his tenure on July 1.

Bogart, 46, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University, will succeed Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

“Board members were impressed with Dr. Bogart’s leadership experience, his background as a scholar and a teacher, his commitment to undergraduate education, and his understanding of the challenges and opportunities of a church-related college,” said Dr. Dorsey D. “Dan” Ellis, chairman of the Board. “In the search process, the college community compiled an extensive list of desired attributes, and we believe that Dr. Bogart possesses all of these qualities.”

The search for the new president began in May, shortly after Gibson announced his retirement plans. Dr. Bryant Cureton, president emeritus of Elmhurst College and a member of Maryville College’s Board of Directors, chaired the search committee, which consisted of 15 members representing the Board, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. Washington, D.C.-based Academic Search Inc. was hired to conduct pre-search studies, create a search profile and advertise the position.

A total of 89 candidates applied for the position. The search committee eventually narrowed the pool to 13 in November and then to three. Those were brought to campus in January for interviews and meetings with numerous constituencies.

At a recent Board meeting, members received a report from the search committee and voted to offer the presidency to Bogart.

According to the Ellis, written evaluations from the campus community revealed strong confidence in Bogart.

“His success as both an administrator and professor was cited on nearly every evaluation, as were his personal interests in both sports and music. And because of his own educational background and expertise, people felt like he would be a tremendous asset to the community, as well,” the chairman added.

Since 2002, Bogart has strengthened both the liberal arts core and professionally focused programs at York, a private college of approximately 4,600 full-time undergraduates, 800 part-time students and 300 graduate students. He has a strong background in strategic planning and has participated in York’s integrated marketing efforts. His accomplishments include helping to expand the full-time undergraduate enrollment by 500 students and increasing the number and quality of full-time faculty members.

Bogart has also played a key role in enlarging York’s academic space through both new construction and renovation, including the first LEED-certified building on campus.

Bogart said he is grateful to the Board for the opportunity to join the Maryville community.

“Maryville College has an incredible history of service and education that challenges everyone to build on its high standards,” he said. “The enthusiasm of the faculty, students, staff and Board is appealing, and the thoughtful planning that exemplifies Maryville College focuses this enthusiasm to great effect.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people and learning about the ways that we can work together to advance the College’s mission,” he added.

A native of Ohio, Bogart earned his bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Rice University. In addition to a Ph.D., he holds a master’s degree in economics from Princeton. His doctoral dissertation received a top award from the National Tax Association.

Prior to joining the administration at York, he was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where he was chair of the Department of Economics and a research associate of the Center for Regional Economic Issues. While at CWRU, he earned numerous teaching awards, including the Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and the Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award.

His research interests include state and local government tax and spending decisions, local government economic development and land use policy and the effects of school redistricting on real estate markets. He has published widely, including two books, The Economics of Cities and Suburbs (Prentice Hall, 1998) and Don’t Call It Sprawl: Metropolitan Structure in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Active in the community, Bogart serves on the community development coalition YorkCounts and as chair of the finance committee of the Yorkshire United Methodist Church.

Bogart and wife, Mary, a York College writing instructor and professional writing tutor, have one daughter, Elizabeth.

An opportunity to meet the new president and his family is scheduled for the spring.

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