Dr. Thomas J. Botzman serves as Mount Union’s 13th president, a position he began in July 2020.
A native of Stow, Ohio, Dr. Botzman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He went on to attend Kent State University, where he earned both a Master of Arts degree in economics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in business administration. Prior to becoming president of Mount Union, Dr. Botzman served as president of Misericordia University for seven years.
He and his wife, Vanessa, returned to the Mount Union community they called home during his tenure as a faculty member and administrator from 1989 to 2004. During his initial tenure at Mount Union, Dr. Botzman served as a faculty member and was named the Great Teacher in 1998. He also directed international studies from 1993 to 1997 and held the role of associate academic dean during the 2003-2004 academic year. He was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, teaching there four times from 1992 to 1996. He was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2002.
During his service at Misericordia, a private institution of about 2,500 students, Botzman led many successful initiatives. Under his leadership, the institution undertook its largest fundraising campaign in history, raising more than $35 million to date. Misericordia also renovated two academic buildings and acquired an adjacent property for future use by student life and academic programs.
The Botzmans have a daughter, Gabriela, who is a 2017 Mount Union alumna and currently works as a third-grade teacher at Alliance Elementary School.