Thomas J. Botzman was named vice president for business and finance and professor of economics at St. Mary's College of Maryland in August 2004. His areas of responsibility include business operations, facilities and maintenance, human resources, information technology, legal issues, and state government relations.
Botzman holds a Ph.D. in business administration and Master of Arts in economics from Kent State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science of engineering in macromolecular science from Case Western Reserve University. In 2011, he completed the Institute for Executive Management at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining St. Mary's College, he was associate dean of the college and professor of economics and business administration at Mount Union College.
At Mount Union College, Botzman served on faculty committees for promotion and tenure, campus life, international education, and adult education. He was co-chair of Mount Union's accreditation self-study during 2002 and also chaired the search committees for the vice president for academic affairs in 1997 and 2002. From 1993 through 1997, he was chair of the international education / study abroad program. Under his leadership, over 100 students and 20 faculty colleagues had international education experiences through eight new exchange programs. Previously, only about four Mount Union students traveled abroad annually. In addition, he has served four times as a visiting faculty member at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, including an assignment as a Fulbright Scholar during 1996. He also taught in Italy during the summer of 1997.
Botzman has taught numerous courses, including quantitative methods for business, marketing, international business, development economics, political economy, and management. In each course, he explored ways to connect classroom theory to practice and policy. For example, in development economics the students devised methods to serve the global community, typically through fundraising for Habitat for Humanity or donations of goods to be sent abroad. Further, they worked to improve living conditions in their own community by helping to build a house or by serving breakfast to the homeless. In a course on marketing strategy, students were divided into teams that took on the identity of a real corporation. The teams then competed with new product ideas, pricing programs, and revised mission statements, often including plant visits to learn more about their chosen business. Team progress was updated through frequent PowerPoint presentations. As such, the connection between studying theoretical concepts and applied learning was constantly reinforced.
He has received several academic and corporate awards, including an American Council on Education Fellowship in 2002-2003, the Mount Union College Great Teacher Award, the Case Western Reserve University Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and two Technical Achievement Awards from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Botzman is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He is the holder of 12 U.S. patents and several foreign patents.
Since 1994, Botzman has published academic articles in The American Economist, The Anahuac Journal, Ciencia Ergo Sum, and Midwest Review of International Business Research. He has also published a book, Technology and Competitiveness in Mexico: An Industrial Perspective. Botzman has been a frequent presenter to the American Council on Education Fellows Program; the Office of Women in Higher Education's National Leadership Forum; the North American Economics and Finance Association; the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors; and the American Society for Competitiveness. He has presented on trade, marketing, and technology issues at several universities in the United States and Mexico, including Case Western Reserve University; John Carroll University; Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla; Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City; Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; ITESM - Mexico City Campus; Universidad Iberoamericana; Universidad Anahuac del Sur; Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco; Universidad Veracruzana - Xalapa; and Universidad LaSalle. Several of his presentations have been made in Spanish, typically to university students and representatives of the local business community.