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Thomas J. McDonald

Thomas J. McDonald, JD, MEd

Thomas McDonald currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Provost at LIM College. Prior to working at LIM College, Mr. McDonald served as the Assistant Vice President for Student & Campus Life at The New School, the Director of Student Disability Services at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and an adjunct faculty member for the City University of New York.

Mr. McDonald has over 25 years of experience in higher education administration. In his current role at LIM College, he provides direct, high-level support to the Provost & Executive Vice President in managing key offices and departments including academic affairs, student affairs, and enrollment management. Mr. McDonald has extensive experience in budgeting, management, strategic planning, and accreditation, as well as expertise in legal and statutory compliance; crisis management and prevention; alternative dispute resolution; policy development; and the practical application of city, state, and federal statutes affecting colleges and universities. Mr. McDonald conducts investigations, holds due process hearings, and mediates various academic-related matters including sexual harassment, discrimination, and violations of policy. Mr. McDonald has served as a Title IX coordinator and an ADA compliance officer.

Mr. McDonald teaches Crisis Management and Prevention in Higher Education; Legal Issues in Higher Education; and Higher Education Administration. He holds a BA in English and Psychology from SUNY New Paltz; an MEd in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin; and a JD from New York Law School. Mr. McDonald is an experienced mediator and attorney, as well as a member of various committees and professional organizations including the New York State Bar and the American Arbitration Association. A native of New York City, Mr. McDonald lives in Bronxville, N.Y. with his spouse. 


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