Thom has served over twenty years in varying senior roles in independent schools. He was Chief Operating Officer of Ethel Walker School from 2013-15. At EWS, Thom was responsible for finance, advancement and operations at this century- old boarding and day school, which serves girls in grades 6-12. At EWS he led the strategic changes to the school’s Centennial Campaign, and raised over $20 million in two years. This enabled the school to embark upon a capstone building project, The Centennial Center, which is now under construction.
Prior to his service at EWS he served for thirteen years as Assistant Head for Operations/ CFO at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. Thom oversaw all non-academic operations of the school and served as Assistant Treasurer.
Prior to his employment at BB&N, Thom served as Business Manager at the Dana Hall School for 6 years and was a hospital administrator for twenty years.
He also has served as an adjunct professor at Western New England College, aas a member of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP )Board of Directors since 2014.
He served for four years as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Summit Montessori School in Framingham, MA and as a Board member of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) from 2007-11, earning the Will Hancock Unsung Hero Award in 2008.
Thom currently serves as President of Independent School Compensation Corporation (ISCC) a self-insured group serving 170 non-for profit independent schools, colleges and cultural institutions. He is a frequent speaker at National and International Conferences and is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Sustainability Model, which is in use at over 300 Boarding Schools in the US and abroad. He recently authored companion Day School Sustainability Model for the National Business Officers Association, which serves 1000 member schools. Thom’s most recent accomplishment was his co-authorship of a chapter on Financial Sustainability in NBOA’s newest reference book, By the Numbers, and Beyond.