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Presidential Profile

Thomas A. Kazee

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 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.

Under Kazee's leadership, UE has implemented a facilities master plan that includes new student townhouses and renovations and additions of key academic buildings, including the University library. UE has also added important new academic programs, including a Physician Assistant Masters program that will be located in the new Academic and Health Science Research campus in downtown Evansville when it opens in the fall of 2017. UE has also enriched and expanded the Center for Career Development, which is dedicated to support of students' career exploration from pre-matriculation through post-graduate life. In addition, the University now offers its innovative “UE Guarantee,” a commitment to students that includes substantial financial aid, internships, study abroad, and four-year graduation.

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.