Following a national search, Thomas Segar, a student affairs professional with more than 20 years of experience in higher education, has been selected to serve as vice president for Student Affairs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Segar, who has served as vice president for Student Affairs at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, since August 2011 and recently assumed the title of vice president for Student Affairs and Information Technology, will begin work at IUP
on June 17.
“Everyone who met Dr. Segar during the interview process was impressed with his energy, his breadth of experience, his focus on student success, and team-based approach,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “He will bring us new creativity and energy
as we work together to build a strong IUP for the future. I am excited to have this inspirational and exciting leader join our community.”
Driscoll also recognized the work of Charlie Fey, who has served as the interim vice president for Student Affairs since fall 2018.
“Not only has Charlie done a great job keeping a great organization running, he has made significant progress on a number of initiatives, including leadership development in the division, improvements in residential revival, and building an even stronger
focus on student well-being and success.”
“I am honored to serve IUP and join a remarkable, student-centered, campus community,” Segar said. “IUP’s focus on the student experience, learning, development, and multiculturalism reflects my professional values. During my campus visit I quickly learned
that IUP is a special place that lives up to its vision, mission, and values. My family and I are excited to soon call IUP and Indiana home.”
In his current role at Shepherd University, Segar is responsible for the leadership and guidance of two comprehensive university divisions: Student Affairs and Information Technology.
“This rare composition of duties provides a distinct opportunity for me to advocate for student learning, engagement, success, and service across all other divisions of the university because every other area at my institution, including Finance, Enrollment
Management and Student Success, Campus Services, and Advancement, intersects with Student Affairs and Information Technology,” Segar said.
As vice president, Segar is responsible for the Dean of Students Office, the Behavioral Intervention Team, Student Conduct, Title IX, Residence Life and Dining Services (in collaboration with the vice president for Campus Services), Health Center, Counseling
Services, Disability Support Services, Student Center, Student Engagement, Community Services and Service Learning, Student Activities and Leadership, Intramural Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, Veterans Support
Services, Student Affairs Information Technology, Campus Transit System, Assessment, Student Life Council, and Student Government; as a member of the President’s executive team, he is a student advocate.
Segar has chaired the Shepherd University Diversity and Equity Committee for the past nine years, and established the institution’s first faculty award for diversity and social justice in teaching, scholarship, and service. For the past 17 years, he has
been an independent consultant on topics of administrative and student leadership, multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice, assisting more than 60 higher education institutions, high schools, and organizations throughout the United States
to implement diversity, student or administrative leadership, community building, and social justice workshops or program reviews or multi-day training experiences.
Segar also serves as an affiliate professor in the Shepherd University College Student Development and Administration master’s program, regularly presenting on student and administration leadership topics. He recently submitted a chapter on positional
and relational leadership for an upcoming book, Lessons on Leadership: Letters to Our Student Affairs Colleagues.
He has supported institutional fundraising efforts in collaboration with his institution’s University Advancement area and administers the university’s Multicultural Leadership Scholarship, a pool of funds totaling nearly $200,000. He has experience in
media and public relations and event, crisis, and risk management.
Prior to his current role, he served as Shepherd University’s assistant vice president for Student Affairs and director of Residence Life as well as the acting vice president for Enrollment Management.
Prior to his work at Shepherd University, Segar worked at Gettysburg College, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland College Park.
He has delivered more than 50 national and regional referred presentations and has been an invited keynote presenter or invited presenter to more than 70 conferences and higher education institutions throughout the United States.
He has secured several grants from state agencies and is a member of national honor societies. He received the Stella Cook Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators in 2018.
He is active in many professional organizations and is a member of the executive board, Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America, and is a volunteer trainer, Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Eastern Panhandle.
Segar earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a certificate in African American Studies from the University of Maryland College Park; his master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in college student personnel from Shippensburg University
of Pennsylvania; and his doctorate in college student personnel administration with concentration on teaching and social justice in higher education from the University of Maryland College Park.