Dr. Thomas A. Habegger
Dr. Thomas A. Habegger
Title: Dean of Health & Human Services Division
Alma Mater: West Virginia University

In 2016-17 Dr. Habegger enters his 31st year as an associate of Columbus State, currently serving as the Dean of the Health & Human Services Division a post he assumed in 2014.  For twenty-two of those years he served as a faculty member in the Sport & Exercise Studies program. He developed and initiated the SES program in 1992 and taught the first year on a part-time basis while maintaining his position as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. In the summer of 1993, Tom accepted a full-time faculty appointment and worked with the SES program until 2014.

Dr. Habegger has been at Columbus State since the winter of 1987 when he served as a graduate assistantship while completing his master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Later that year, after his graduation from OSU, he was named the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. In that role, Tom directed the establishment of the athletic program at Columbus State beginning in 1988. By the time he left the Student Activities and Athletics department, he had forged a nine-sport, nationally recognized program. For his accomplishments, including the winning of 1993 NJCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championship by the golf team, Habegger was named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference’s “Athletic Director of the Year” for 1993. From 1991 to 1993 he served as the Commissioner of the OCCAC.

In addition to his position at Columbus State, Habegger he has taught as an Affiliated Faculty member with The Union Institute & University and has taught in the Wilberforce University’s CLIMB Program. He has served as a faculty member of the United States Sports Academy sport management program in Daphne, Alabama as a local examination proctor and served Capella University as a Ph.D. committee member for several Doctoral learners. He has held several national board positions including the National Exercise Science Education Foundation and is past President of the FoKus on the Youth Foundation.

For his work as a Professor in the Sport & Exercise Studies program, Tom has been honored for his efforts in the classroom by receiving Columbus State's highest teaching award, the Columbus State Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994, 1999 and 2008 and was named a finalist in 2002.

Dr. Habegger was named as the 2012 Distinguished Full Professor of the Year, Columbus State's highest faculty honor. In addition, Tom was acknowledged by the Columbus State office of Diversity Initiatives, M.A.N. Initiative as the 2011 "Man of the Year." Habegger was a finalist for the 2009 Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges “Faculty Member of the Year”. The professor was also recognized in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Strathmore's Who's Who in Business & Leadership in 2017 in addition to being named a "2003 Columbus Secret Santa Hometown Hero" by the Clear Channel broadcast organization for his volunteer work with Columbus Children's Hospital over the past twenty-one years. Dr. Habegger has served the community in a variety of capacities, including as an advisory board member for Metro Fitness (Formerly World Gym), volunteer for the Columbus AIDS Task Force, First Tee Program board member at the former Bridgeview Golf Course in Columbus and an active volunteer with Children's Hospital. Tom has also served as a Trustees Member on the YMCA Suburban North Board.

The Westerville, Ohio native in 2005, was inducted as a member of the Westerville South High School Alumni Hall of Fame. While at Westerville South High School. Habegger was an eight-time varsity letter-winner in diving and cross country and earned top ten state honors in diving in 1983. The proud Westerville South Wildcat alum still resides in his hometown and attends as many Westerville South functions as he can.

A true West Virginia University Mountaineer at heart, he is often spotted in his navy blue and gold apparel around Columbus and mistaken by many for a Michigan fan but he is quick to correct the error of the passerby with a heartfelt "Let's Go Mountaineers!!" Dr. Habegger was selected in 2016 for induction into the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was honored by his alma mater by being selected for a three year appointment to the prestigious West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Visiting Committee. In 2011, Dr. Habegger was selected for induction into the West Virginia University Alumni Cheerleading Association Alumni Hall of Fame. While at West Virginia University, he was a scholarship student-athlete and a varsity letter-winner as a member of the men's diving team (1983-1984), as well as a three-year member of the West Virginia University Cheerleading Squad (1983-1986).

In addition, Tom has coached various age groups of springboard divers and cheerleaders. Dr. Habegger is also an advocate for the plight of racing greyhounds and is active with Ohio organizations saving retired racing greyhounds from being destroyed through adoption. Tom enjoys spending his personal time with his dog Cooper and resides in his hometown of Westerville. 

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy
Sport Management
The Union Institute & University
1997

Master of Arts
Sport Management
The Ohio State University
1987

Bachelor of Science
Physical Education/Sport & Exercise Studies
West Virginia University
1986