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president's biography

Thomas C. “Tom” Galligan Jr. joined Colby-Sawyer College as its eighth president in August 2006. He previously served as dean and professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tenn., where he also taught torts and admiralty.

From 1986 until May 1998, President Galligan taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University (LSU). At LSU, Galligan was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times.

President Galligan has published numerous books and articles on torts and admiralty. His scholarship has been cited in the proposed Restatement (Third) of Torts and by numerous legal scholars. It also has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate and trial courts.

His co-authored scholarship with Professor Frank L. Maraist has been honored by the Louisiana Bar Journal and the Tulane Law Review. He was recently honored with the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Public Service Award and the Knoxville Bar Association's Law and Liberty Award.

President Galligan currently serves as co-chair of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society Civics Education Task Force and is a commissioner for the New Hampshire Post-Secondary Education Commission. He holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and a L.L. M. from the Columbia University Law School.

Under President Galligan's leadership, Colby-Sawyer has continued its commitment to basing its core decisions on how students will benefit. Through college-wide collaboration and strategic planning, the college has experienced significant growth in enrollment, added new academic majors and minors, increased the size of the full-time faculty, and established the Colby-Sawyer College Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2010, following a successful matching-gift campaign, Colby-Sawyer constructed the new Windy Hill School, a LEED-certified laboratory school for the Early Childhood Education Program that offers preschool, kindergarten and after-school programs.

In recent years, Colby-Sawyer has become a more diverse and inclusive learning community through a variety of new programs and initiatives. The college has increased enrollment of international students and established the Progressive Scholars program, a partnership that extends higher education opportunitiesto urban high school students. Global Beginnings now offers study abroad programs for first-year students, and the college has expanded its study abroad options for all students. Other new programs provide internship opportunities in Washington, D.C., and field study abroad for Environmental Studies and Biology students.

President Galligan and his wife, Susan, have four children and live in New London, N.H.