Thomas J. Vukovich was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa by Theta Circle at the University of Akron in 1977. He served as Faculty Secretary of the UA Circle for 12 years and was Province Faculty Director and Member of the General Council before being elected to two terms as the O∆K National Vice President for Circle Standards. As National Vice President, Tom also served on the Foundation Board of Trustees. He received the Society’s John “Jack” D. Morgan Award for Lifetime Service in 2020.
More recently, he participated in the review and selection of O∆K scholarship recipients and served on the Capital Campaign Planning Committee. At the 2002 National Convention, Tom received the Distinguished Service Key from the Society (Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award).
Upon retirement from the University of Akron, he and his wife, Dr. Diane Vukovich, established the Vukovich Regional Scholarship with Omicron Delta Kappa and are supporting the Vukovich Leadership Development Grant Fund as part of the capital campaign effort.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Northern University and his Master of Science in Education and Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1971 and 1982 respectively. He joined the University of Akron in 1972 as an academic advisor after seven years teaching science courses in two public school districts in Ohio. During his tenure at the University of Akron, he moved on to hold several leadership positions including Interim Dean of University College and finally Associate Provost for Student and Enrollment Services. He retired from the University of Akron in 2000 after 28 years of service.
Presently he and Diane volunteer as “EdZoocators” at the Akron Zoo and are co-chairs of the Social Committee for the Association of the University of Akron Retirees. They also actively support a variety of community organizations. The Vukovichs travel extensively, having visited more than 75 foreign countries and all seven continents. Tom and Diane reside in Akron, Ohio, and continue to support the University of Akron Zips football, basketball, and soccer teams.