President, Founding Partner / Owner
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As Credo’s visionary, Tom is able to quickly identify opportunities for growth, and create immediate momentum for meaningful adaptive change. A long time veteran of both business and higher education strategy, Tom serves as Credo’s Chief Ambassador, partnering with higher education leaders to encourage courageous action toward building thriving campuses across the country. As a strategic innovator, Tom developed the partnership between the Disney Institute and the Council of Independent Colleges that provided a sandbox for executive teams to design strategies to radically enhance the student experience on their campuses. This amazing partnership uniquely shaped Credo into the business it is today and was a forerunner to what is now the Thriving Institute, a place where today’s executive leadership teams teams are shaping independent higher education for tomorrow. He has recruited an amazing team committed to helping independent colleges and universities thrive in order to positively impact students. Tom earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (Go Badgers!), and has since dedicated his life to student-focused, innovative higher education. Follow Tom on Twitter @TomGavic.