Thomas A. Kazee, PhD
Thomas A. Kazee is the University of Evansville's 23rd President. He began his service to UE in June 2010. A political scientist, Kazee served for 18 years on the faculty at Davidson College, including a decade as Chair of the Department of Political Science, and four years as Dean of the College at the University of the South (Sewanee). Prior to coming to UE, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President at Furman University. He received a B.A. in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 1974, and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University in 1978.
A passionate advocate for the liberal arts, Kazee was the recipient of Davidson College's Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award. While at Sewanee and Furman, his work focused primarily on curricular development, facilities enhancement, sustainability, and strategic planning.
At the University of Evansville, Kazee has led development of the institution's strategic plan, "Transforming Tomorrow: Our Students, Our University, Our World." The plan builds on the University's widely acknowledged areas of distinctive strength and its fundamental commitment to the integration of the liberal arts and professional programs. "Transforming Tomorrow" identifies a number of core goals for the University, including curricular enrichment, expansion of international programs, and growing the resource base necessary to support its institutional ambitions. The plan also emphasizes UE's commitment to diversity, sustainability, and service, three areas of social responsibility central to the University's mission.
Under Kazee's leadership, UE has adopted a facilities master plan that includes new student townhouses, renovations of key academic buildings and the University library, and enhancements of the streetscapes surrounding the campus. His vision for the University includes a growing international presence, an enhanced fitness and health sciences center, and facilities that mirror the strength of UE's performing arts programs. UE has also implemented an ambitious integrated marketing plan, enhanced the University's web presence, and deepened its commitment to international engagement. Of critical importance has been the expansion of UE's Center for Career Development, which is dedicated to support of students' career exploration from pre-matriculation through post-graduate life.
He is married to Dr. Sharon Kazee, the former Vice President for Arts and Academics and Dean at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina. They have two children; a daughter, Nicole, who is the Director of Health Policy and Programs for the University of Illinois, and a son, Geoff, who is a turf management specialist in Brunswick, Maryland.