Thomas Schnaubelt began his tenure at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University in April 2009 and has been actively involved in developing innovative community engagement programs in higher education settings for nearly two decades. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director at the Haas Center for Public Service, Tom served as Dean for Community Engagement and Civic Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and was the founding Executive Director of Wisconsin Campus Compact, where he provided leadership for a coalition of thirty-four college and university presidents and chancellors committed to the civic purposes of higher education. Beyond California, his experiences span broad geographic, disciplinary, and institutional boundaries, including positions in three states (Michigan, Mississippi, and Wisconsin) as well as consulting roles with institutions across the country. While at UW-Parkside Schnaubelt was responsible for the development of two community-based environmental education centers, a community-wide mentoring campaign, and overall financial and human resource management of a comprehensive outreach and engagement center. Another of his innovations includes the establishment of the Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement, a statewide center based at the University of Southern Mississippi designed to foster and support educational partnerships between K-12, postsecondary, and community-based organizations. Tom began his career in higher education as a service-learning coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Schnaubelt is an experienced teacher, having developed seminars and courses ranging from physics, community-based learning, national service, education, and social foundations and policy at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the University of Michigan, and the University of Southern Mississippi. His efforts have led to being appointed as a Wisconsin Idea Fellow and a Higher Education Award for Leadership in National Service, and he led the effort for UW-Parkside to be recognized by the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification.
In addition to serving as Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service, Tom serves as a Resident Fellow in Branner Hall, Stanford's public service-themed dorm for upper-class students. As such, Tom and his family live in residence with 126 undergraduates and help shape a living-learning community using service as a central theme.
Schnaubelt received a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration, focusing in Educational Leadership, from the University of Mississippi in 2001. He also obtained a Masters of Arts in Education, concentrating in Cross Cultural Research, Comparative Methodology, and Service Learning, from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.