Dr. Thomas Purce

Division of Student Affairs

West Chester University

Dr. Matthew Bricketto
238 Sykes Student Union
West Chester, PA 19383

Dr. Thomas Purce

Tom has worked at WCU since 1987 when he began his West Chester career as the director of residence life. He served for two years as the interim dean of students and was promoted to assistant vice president for student affairs in 1997. His responsibilities which have grown over the years encompass residence life, housing services, Greek life, new student programs, student leadership and involvement and recreation services. He works closely with WCU’s dining program which is serviced by ARAMARK.

He has been responsible for strategic planning, outcome design, and acting as a liaison for both on and off campus committees and special projects. Tom has also been very involved in encouraging partnerships with academic affairs to create opportunities to increase student success.

Before coming to WCU he worked in residence life at Adelphi University and SUNY Alfred. This work, although at the beginning of his career, laid the groundwork for his many contributions at WCU which have covered the spectrum from operations, budgeting, student empowerment and overall achievement.

He has served as an advisor or member to a long list of committees and projects that cover all aspects of campus life. He was awarded Advisor of the Year two times and is a National Residence Hall Honorary. He was the advisor to the Residence Hall Association and is currently the advisor to Circle K. He is an honorary member of the Friar’s Society and of Phi Sigma Pi.

Tom lives in West Chester with his wife, Mame, who is a faculty member in the Francis Harvey Green Library. They have one daughter, Lindsay, who lives in New York City.