Dr.TomHart scaledDr. Tom Hart who is currently serving as Interim Athletic Director at Bluefield State College (NCAA Division II) in Bluefield, West Virginia is a special consultant for ASC in the area of enrollment and retention. Hart has over twenty years experience assisting enrollment-driven private colleges and universities in maximizing the use of athletics as an enrollment and retention tool.

Hart’s time at Bluefield follows two years as Athletic Director for Berry College, a member of the Southern Athletic Association located in Rome, Georgia. While at Berry, Hart served the Southern Athletic Association as the chair of the Athletic Directors' group and served on the NCAA Division III Championships Committee. As a new member in Division III, Berry College benefitted from Hart’s ability to introduce an effective working relationship between Admissions and Athletics. During that time student athlete satisfaction reached 90%, resulting in an increase in student athlete retention.

Before time at Berry College, Hart spent 21 years at Webster University, an NCAA Division III institution in St. Louis. Hart served as Athletic Director for 19 years while coaching men’s basketball and men’s golf as well. Under Hart's direction, Webster athletics moved from a department with 72 student athletes and eight sports to one with 220 student athletes and 16 sports. Student athletes at Webster graduated at a rate 10% above the student body during Hart’s time at Webster.  In addition, Hart spent three years leading the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and served as a member of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Committee.

Prior to his time at Webster, Hart was an assistant basketball coach, coaching professional basketball in the Continental Basketball Association with the Rockford (Ill.) Lightning. Hart also served as head men's basketball coach at Ulster County Community College and as an assistant at United States International University in San Diego, CA.

A native of Utica, N.Y., Hart graduated from New Hartford High School in 1979. He attended Niagara University and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983. Hart later earned his master's degree from United States International University. In 2013, Hart earned his Doctorate in Management from Webster University where his dissertation focused on factors of persistence for NCAA Division III student athletes.

"By using their [ASC's] knowledge to get to our short list of candidates that fit what we sought in an athletic director, we easily spent half the amount of time that is normally required in a search like this.   Additionally, they enhanced the pool of by bringing several qualified candidates to the finalist list.  Showing that they know talent, two of the individuals that they sought out, and applied to our position, were hired by and are current NCAA Division II AD’s.  Our search finished with securing a quality hire.  If our institution ever needed to conduct a search for an athletic director, we would without question use the services of ASC."

Kelli Shuman
Director, Human Resources

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology