Dr. Tom LoBasso, Interim President of Daytona State College
Dr. Tom LoBasso was named Interim President of Daytona State College in January 2015 by the institution’s District Board of Trustees.
Immediately prior to his appointment, LoBasso served as chief operating officer and provost at the college. He brings to the institution’s top post a deeply rounded background in higher education leadership that spans more than two decades, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and supervision for academic affairs, accreditation, student development, college marketing, institutional effectiveness, regional campus operations and facilities services.
Dr. LoBasso first joined Daytona State in 2001 as director of admissions and recruitment. Over the years, he took on greater leadership roles, serving as dean of enrollment development, vice president for enrollment and student development, and senior vice president for student development and institutional effectiveness, to name a few. During this time, the college saw postsecondary FTE enrollment growth increase by nearly 75 percent.
In 2013, he served as steering committee co-chair during Daytona State’s reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. He continues to serve as an on-site evaluator for SACS.
He has initiated numerous technology enhancements at the college, and currently is overseeing implementation of a new $12 million enterprise resource management system (ERP) that will enhance all institutional business, human resources and student services applications.
Prior to joining Daytona State, LoBasso held administrative positions in areas of enrollment development at Keystone College, La Plume, Pa., and The Sage Colleges: Russell Sage College, Sage Junior College of Albany, Sage Evening College and Sage Graduate School, Troy, N.Y. capping his tenure there as assistant vice president for new student enrollment.
He also has served 21 years in the Pennsylvania and Florida National Guards, retiring in 2007 with the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Dr. LoBasso has presented at numerous conferences and has been published on topics that largely focus on enrollment management.
A product of the community college system model, Dr. LoBasso earned his associate of arts degree from Keystone College, La Plume, Pa., in 1985. He also holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Science in Public Administration from Sage Graduate School, N.Y.; and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from East Stroudsburg University, Pa.