Thomas Robb McDaniel

Title: Academic Administrator, Educator (Retired)

Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States

Thomas Robb McDaniel, Academic Administrator and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.

Recognized for more than five decades of invaluable contributions in his area of expertise, Dr. McDaniel achieved professional success as the senior vice president of Converse College between 2002 and his retirement from the field in 2015. Throughout the course of his tenure at the institution, he has served in various positions of high leadership, including as the provost, interim president, vice president for academic affairs and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Likewise, Dr. McDaniel taught students as a professor since 1971, having previously worked as an administrator at Johns Hopkins University and as a teacher at the Gilman School.

Well regarded for his scholarly output, Dr. McDaniel has written nine books, including “At Home in South Carolina” in 1991 and “Dr. Luke’s Prescriptions for Spiritual Health” in 2000, among others. Likewise, he has contributed over 300 articles to various professional publications, as well as textbook chapters, essays and reviews. To commemorate these accomplishments, as well as his performance in academia, Dr. McDaniel has been bestowed with such accolades as the Patrick Henry Award in 2019 and the Order of the Silver Crescent.

Before venturing onto his vocational path, Dr. McDaniel drew inspiration from his parents, who instilled within him a deep appreciation for education and made it possible for both he and his siblings to pursue it. Initially studying at Hampden-Sydney College, from which he attained a Bachelor of Arts in 1963, he later matriculated at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1964, a Master of Liberal Arts in 1968 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1971. Now retired, Dr. McDaniel enjoys such diversions as reading, writing, consulting and playing golf.

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