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T.Habegger Thomas Habegger, Ph.D.
Sport & Exercise Studies

Dr. Habegger was a scholarship athlete at West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education/sport and exercise studies. While at WVU he was a varsity letter-winner with the diving team, as well as a three-year member of the cheerleading squad.

He came to Columbus State as a graduate assistant while completing his master’s degree in sports management at The Ohio State University. In his position as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Habegger directed the establishment of the athletic program at Columbus State forging a nine-sport, nationally recognized program. In 1993 he began teaching full-time in the Sport & Exercise Studies program. He received Columbus State’s highest faculty award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, in 1994 and 1999, was a finalist in 2002 and a 2008 nominee.

Dr. Habegger earned the PhD in Sport Management from The Union Institute & University in 1997. In addition to his position at Columbus State, Habegger has taught in the Wilberforce University’s CLIMB Program and served on the national faculty of the United States Sports Academy sport management program. He holds several national board positions including the National Exercise Science Education Foundation. The Westerville, Ohio native volunteers locally and is an advocate for the adoption of retired racing greyhounds.

A.Hart Amy Hart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Hospitality Management

Dr. Hart earned a doctorate in Labor Relations and Organizational Behavior from Northcentral University, Prescott, Arizona in 2009. She completed her MBA at Ashland University with a specialization in Employee Relations.

She also has several B.S. degrees from OSU and Franklin University.   Since 2000, she has taught numerous courses at Columbus State that address the business and management aspects of tourism and hospitality. Dr. Hart is a certified Hospitality Educator and is involved in curriculum development, course assessment, and student advising.

She is an active reviewer of textbooks for the hospitality and tourism disciplines. Prior to her college teaching career, Dr. Hart worked as a Financial Analysis and Financial Accountant in the Real Estate/Construction industry overseeing the construction of several malls and hotels in and around Central Ohio.

Dr. Hart began her professional career in the tourism industry. During her time in the tourism field she was a flight attendant and eventually a Travel Manager of a multi-site, multi-million dollar corporate travel management company. She was also a Sport Event Manager working with MLB, NBA, and NFL teams as well as minor league baseball.

W.Cook David Tom, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Tom earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Rutgers University in 1994.  From The Ohio State University he received an M.A. in Counseling in 2000 and in 2005, the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.  

He began his career in psychology working as a counselor in an inpatient mental health facility and during graduate school, worked for the Strategy Team.  This Columbus-based market research firm analyzed the results of qualitative and quantitative research studies to provide strategic direction to clients such as Nationwide and the Ohio Department of Health.

At Columbus State Dr. Tom enjoys teaching Abnormal Psychology and especially the biological aspects of human psychology.  He enjoys running, biking, and playing chess.


  Dr. Mark Purcell
Adjunct Instructor
Sports & Fitness Management

Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness


Rosemary Gliem, Ph.D.

Research Analyst
IRB Administrator
Columbus State Community College
Office of Institutional Effectiveness