Thomas Sabbagh, Ph.D.
Thomas M. Sabbagh, Ph.D., is a professional academic administrator who has served higher education institutions primarily in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over 28 years. Most recently, Sabbagh was at the Community College of Rhode where he led the Division of Science, Engineering, Technology, Math and Business & Professional Studies. His experience in higher education include both academic and administrative positions at two-year private, two-year public, and four-year private colleges and universities that have both traditional and non-traditional delivery modalities such as on-campus, condensed, blended, hybrid, and fully online courses. Sabbagh has managed various undergraduate programs including degree-completion programs as well as graduate programs including doctorate programs in education. Throughout his career in higher education, Sabbagh has been an innovative academic entrepreneur that has established outreach campuses for the adult and non-traditional learner at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Sabbagh has an earned doctorate from the School of Professional Higher Education Administration at the University of Connecticut. His specialized program of study focused on leadership change management within colleges from a business perspective; in particular, his research has investigated the issues of the growing emphasis colleges have to serve non-traditional students and ways to remove barriers to success and improve retention and completion rates. At Fisher College, for example, he pioneered the establishment of the first college-owned campus outside of Boston that gained special recognition by the college for its innovative approaches to teaching and learning and by introducing e-learning platforms that linked other campuses within the Division of Continuing Education. As a former dean within the Community College system of Massachusetts, Sabbagh led S.T.E.M. Divisions and Technical Education linked to workforce development. At Salve Regina University, he established the university’s first and only outreach campus for the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education and expanded program offerings including a low-residency Ph.D. program and various continuing education career programs linked to local high schools through workforce development.
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Professional Higher Education Administration & Management
M.Ed., Rhode Island College, Graduate School of Education
BA, Rhode Island College, Department of Secondary Education
BA, Providence College, School of Political Science & Business Minor