Ormond to join UNG as provost

This summer, UNG will welcome Dr. Tom Ormond as its new provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. As the university’s chief academic officer, Ormond will have broad responsibility for leading UNG’s academic programs and offerings through its colleges, institutes and libraries.

“Tom is a creative, forward-looking leader who shares our commitment to academic excellence and student success,” President Bonita C. Jacobs said. “I am confident that he will provide vision and perspective that will sustain the momentum we have built and advance the goals of our strategic plan.”

Ormond most recently served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Darton State College.

“To be UNG’s chief academic officer is both a tremendous honor and a significant challenge, and I am grateful to President Jacobs and the search committee for the opportunity to serve the university in this role,” Ormond said.

A professor of health and physical education, Ormond conducts research in kinesiology and physical education and has published numerous scholarly articles on these subjects. He has previously held academic and administrative appointments at Georgia College & State University, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Sonoma State University, and Ithaca College.

“Tom’s strong track record of collaboration and his reputation as an effective leader who listens carefully and considers a diverse range of views provide a strong foundation to lead UNG’s academic programs,” Jacobs said.

A 1979 graduate of New Zealand’s Massey University with a bachelor’s degree in teaching, Ormond earned a Master of Science degree in physical education from Indiana University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in teacher education in physical education with an emphasis in applied behavioral analysis from The Ohio State University in 1988.