Thomas Longin

Former Vice President, AGB

Thomas C. Longin is the former vice president for programs and research for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (1997 – 2002). Prior to joining AGB, he served as provost of Ithaca College (NY), vice president for academic affairs at Seattle University and dean of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca.  Before that, he was a faculty member at Ithaca College, Virginia Tech and Carroll College (MT). Since retiring, Tom has continued to facilitate board workshops for AGB, served as executive editor of Planning for Higher Education (SCUP), and is president of the SCUP board of directors.  He has recently engaged in consultancies on strategic planning (Centre College, KY and Carroll College - MT), board and committee organization, structure and focus (Seton Hall University, Loyola University New Orleans, Hampshire College-MA, and Carroll College-MT), board, educational quality and academic programs (Centenary College – LA), collaborative governance (Skidmore College (NY) and Hampshire College-MA), and presidential performance assessment (Loyola University Chicago). In 2007-08, Tom led AGB’s pilot project on strategic finance and college/university costs, and was recently a senior fellow with AGB, where he drafted and led the process of review for AGB Statement on Board Responsibility for Educational Quality.

Tom has extensive administrative and leadership experience in higher education.  He was a charter member of the Associated New American Colleges, a national consortium of 20 independent, comprehensive colleges, and has been a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops on issues of institutional governance, the basic responsibilities of governing boards, and board responsibility for governance, institutional planning, academic affairs, and educational quality.  He has spoken at the national conferences of the AGB, ACE, SCUP, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

In the past seven years, Tom has facilitated AGB Board Self-Study Workshops at Fordham University (NY), Sweet Briar College (VA), Loyola University Maryland, Hampshire College (MA), Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MN), Scranton University (PA), Pitzer College (CA), Columbia College Chicago (Ill), Westminster College (UT), Heidelberg College (OH), Loras College (IA), and Ringling School of Art and Design (FL). He has presented Board Education Workshops at Assumption College (MA) (shared governance), Arcadia University (PA)(strategic board responsibilities), Elizabethtown College (PA) (presidential search), Guilford College (NC)(strategic planning), Loyola University New Orleans (strategic planning), the University of Maine System (shared governance), and Alfred University (NY)(strategic board responsibilities).

Prior to joining AGB, Tom served on and chaired the board of directors of the Special Children’s Center in Ithaca, NY.  From 2002 to 2010, he served on the board of trustees of Carroll College (MT), where he chaired the academic affairs / student life committee and was a member of the trusteeship and executive committees.  Tom holds a Ph.D. in American social and intellectual history from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), a Master of Arts in history from Creighton University (NB), and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Carroll College (MT).  He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Fairfax, Virginia.