Tom Ramage joined Parkland College in July of 1998 as Chair of the newly created Distance & Virtual Learning Department, responsible for developing and administering Parkland’s online course delivery systems and policies.
Since June of 2007, Tom served as the Interim President of Parkland College. The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Ramage as Parkland’s 5th President in January, 2008. Tom serves as chief executive officer of Parkland College and is responsible to the Board of Trustees of Community College District 505 to implement the philosophy, goals, and policies of Parkland College, with nearly 1000 employees serving 11,000 students each semester.
He received his Masters Degree in Education and Human Development with a specialization in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University in 1998, and a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. His research focused on cost-efficiency and return on investment of online programs.
Tom is married to Michelle, Superintendent of Rantoul School District, and together they have a son, Colin, who is a graduate student at the University of Illinois.