Tom Vansaghi, Ph.D.
Tom Vansaghi combines over twenty years in public service and nonprofit work with a solid base of academic and teaching credentials. He began his career as a volunteer on a gubernatorial campaign, which led to a series of opportunities in Jefferson City, Missouri as a public servant. He eventually sought a career in public higher education advocacy, teaching, fund raising, marketing, public and community relations. Over the years, he has held a variety of senior level positions in the public and nonprofit sectors that enable him to bring real-world experiences to the classroom.
Since 2013, he served as executive director of the North American Primary Care Research Group and also served as the chief development officer for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. Both are nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting the triple aim of enhancing the patient experience, improving the health of the population and reducing costs.
In 2015, he became a visiting professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College where he is engaged with undergraduate students to prepare them for meaningful careers leading nonprofit organizations. He continues to lead the North American Primary Care Research Group to remain grounded in nonprofit work.
From 2004 to 2013, he served as associate vice chancellor of college and community relations at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City where he directed all government relations, public relations, internal communications, branding, marketing, fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning and community relations for the five-campus college.
Vansaghi earned his bachelor's degree in government from Northwest Missouri State University, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also holds a Certificate in Fundraising from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.
Vansaghi has been a leader in local and statewide nonprofit organizations for over two decades including: currently chair of the board of directors the ReDiscover Foundation; former chair of the board of directors for the Missouri Children's Trust Fund; chair of the board for Harmony (formerly the National Conference of Community and Justice); chair of the public policy committee for the board of directors of Citizens for Missouri's Children; and 2009 graduate of the Centurions leadership program of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He has previously served on other boards including: Missouri YMCA Youth in Government; Special Olympics Missouri; American Heart Association, Missouri Affiliate; Missouri State Archives Local Records Board among many others.