Thomas Ekman has been named Dean of Math and Science at Volunteer State Community College. He has taught chemistry at the college for the last four years and served as chair of the Science Department.
"I am a problem solver. In my experience at Vanderbilt, I spent 13 years on the support staff there solving problems," Ekman said. "I see that as a big part of the dean's work."
Ekman worked for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, as project consultant at the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery. He was associate director in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and later director of the Medical Center Development and Alumni Relations.
Ekman also taught chemistry at Vanderbilt as an adjunct and visiting associate professor of Chemistry. He has held teaching positions at two other universities. He earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Lyon College, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Louisiana State University.
"I want to strengthen and support the disciplines and courses we currently have, and then expand our relationships with other institutions," he said. "I want to provide more experiences for students in undergraduate science research and have more professional development opportunities for faculty members."
For information about Math and Science at Vol State visit: www.volstate.edu/mathscience