Editor's Note: The following news release was written and distributed by the Blount County Public Library.
Oct. 30, 2012
Contact: Joan VanSickle Sloan, Community Outreach Coordinator, BCPL
MARYVILLE, TN (October 30, 2012) Playing a key part in the Blount County community for nearly 200 years, Maryville College has just completed a strategic plan to assure her stability and vitality into 2019 and beyond. The community is invited to hear the plans for the College as it moves toward its 200th birthday and to enjoy an opportunity to engage with the president in a community setting.
Dr. William T. (Tom) Bogart, president of the College, will discuss “2019: Maryville College at Her Bicentennial” at the Blount County Public Library on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. The talk will take place in the Sharon Lawson Room.
For the last year, several administrators, faculty, staff and students have developed a strategic plan that will guide the four-year, private liberal arts college for the foreseeable future. Dr. Bogart will describe the state of the College in 2012 and the initiatives planned for her continuing success.
Dr. Bogart is only the 11th president of the College in its nearly 200 year history. He began his tenure on July 1, 2010, coming to Maryville after serving as Dean of Academic Affairs for eight years at York College of Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate work in economics and mathematical sciences in 1985 at Rice University and then A.M. and Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University. In 2010, he finished studies at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard.
During his tenure as a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University from 1990 to 2002, Bogart also served as Chair of the Department of Economics and as a research associate for the Center for Regional Economic Issues. He has received numerous teaching awards over the years.
According to the College’s website, http://www.maryvillecollege.edu/inauguration/bio/, Dr. Bogart’s research interests include local and state government taxation and spending, land use policy and the effects of redistricting school boundaries on the local real estate economy. He has been called as an expert witness on the effects of environmental damage on property values and the effects on the local economy when a professional football team left the community before its lease ended.
He has published three books: an economics textbook, The Economics of Cities and Suburbs, in 1998, and Don’t Call It Sprawl: Metropolitan Structure in the Twenty-first Century in 2006. The False Promise of Green Energy, a look at the assumptions of a green economy that Bogart co-wrote with three other economists, was published in 2011.
Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
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Blount County does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.