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I am an applied sociologist and higher education professional who is actively engaged in my professional communities. I serve on multiple boards and committees with the interest of advancing the state of the art in the profession. .

I have over ten years experience in progressively responsible higher education leadership roles in addition to years of management experience in private businesses.

I am highly proficient in various programming languages, SQL and applications. I have a broad data and technical skill set that is particularly suited for working with student information systems and records.

I beleive that work-life balance is a critical part of well being and mindfulness. For that reason, I am an avid outdoors and NYS Parks enthusiast, hiker and nature photographer who participates in numerous outdoor events and activities.

Resume and Curriculum Vitae

You can access my vitae and profile via Chronicle Vitae, or you may contact me for more information or to make a request.

Professional Conference Presentations

  • Conference Presentation: Collaborating for Student Success 2019, "Leveraging Technology to Extend Advising and Student Support" (2019)
  • Conference Presentation: State University of New York Registrar’s Association, "Cross-Registration Best Practices" (2019)
  • Conference Presentation: Second-Annual Applied Learning Workshop: Gathering Evidence to Support Student Success, "Beyond the Academic Transcript" (2015)
  • Conference Presentation: Student Information and Campus Administrative Services (SICAS) Summit, "Managing Space and Classroom Inventories" (2014)
  • Conference Presentation: Student Information and Campus Administrative Services (SICAS) Summit, "Developing a Course Creation and Management Tool" (2013)
  • Conference Presentation/Poster: National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference, "From the Ground Up: Building and Advising Technology Platform" (2006)

Service, Awards and Recognition

  • Vice President for Information Services (IS), State University of New York Registrar’s Association (2013-2017, 2018-Present)
  • SUNY System Applied Learning Assessment Conference Planning Committee (2015-2016)
  • SUNY Cortland Elected College Faculty Senator(2014-2016)
  • SUNY-Wide Electronic Transcript Exchange Committee (2014-2016)
  • SUNY-Wide Reverse Transfer Advisory Committee Member (2014-Present)
  • Ex-Officio Member, Educational Policy Committee, SUNY Cortland (2012-Present)
  • Ex-Officio Member, College Curriculum Review Committee, SUNY Cortland (2011-Present)
  • Ex-Officio Member, Graduate Faculty Education Committee, SUNY Cortland (2011-Present)
  • Voting Member, Facilities Master Plan Oversight Committee, SUNY Cortland (2011-Present)
  • Professional Employees Council Grants Subcommittee, Binghamton University (2007-2008)
  • Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Professional Employees Council, Binghamton University (2007)


  • Instructor, "Sociology of Deviance", "Introduction to Sociology", "Criminal Justice" Cortland State College, Cortland, NY (2005-2015)
  • Course Developer and Instructor, "Planning for Academic Success" Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY (2006)
  • Instructor, "Criminal Justice" Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY (2007)
  • Instructor, "Criminology", "Introduction to Sociology", "Sociology of Law", "Social Research Methods", "Criminal Justice Systems" University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (2003 – 2005)
  • Instructor, "Introduction to Sociology" Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY (2004 – 2005)

Contact Me

Thom Hanford

Thom Hanford

Feel free to reach out using my online form. I look forward to hearing from you!

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