Mount Union College Names Dr. James Thoma as Associate Dean

June 11, 2008

thomaDr. James Thoma has been named associate dean at Mount Union College effective July 1.

"Dr. Thoma brings a wide variety of experience and expertise to his new role," said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. "A highly-respected faculty member, his integrity and reputation for follow-through will make him successful. His long-term dedication to Mount Union and its success and his global experience will also serve to move the institution forward.”

Thoma earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from Grove City College, a master of arts degree in physical education (sport administration) and a doctoral degree in physical education (sport science) from The Ohio State University.  He has been a metallurgical engineer, a high school and middle school math teacher, a high school and college track and football coach, team coordinator for USA national track teams, administrator and track coach for the United States Sports Academy in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, as well as chair of the United States Sports Academy's masters programs in Coaching and in Sport Management.

A Mount Union faculty member since 1989, Thoma was the chair of the Department of Sport Management (now Human Performance and Sport Business) for seven years, an area that has seen tremendous growth.  He has served on the Campus Life and Faculty Development committees, as chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee and as leader of the New Faculty Symposium program since 2003. Thoma has served on Presidential and Dean search committees, on many task forces and with Dr. Jim Kadlecek continues to direct the externally accredited sport business program.

Thoma is published in his field and regularly presents at national and international meetings with a special interest in international sport management education, assessment and diffusion.

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