Dr. Thomas J. Gollery

Professor of Education tjgollery@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BS in Special Education, Appalachian State University
MA in Counselor Psychology, Appalachian State University
EdD in Special Education, University of Florida


Born, orphaned and adopted in Erlangen, Germany, Dr. Thomas Gollery experienced God’s providence at 14 months of age and during his eventual rearing in Baltimore, Maryland. After a brief stint in professional baseball (minor league system, Atlanta Braves), Dr. Gollery pursued and attained a BS in Special Education (Appalachian State University), MA in Counseling (Appalachian State University), and EdD in Educational Leadership/Special Education (University of Florida). In his 33-plus years of professional service, Dr. Gollery has fulfilled the roles of teacher, teacher-counselor, program specialist, supervisor, school principal, and university professor.

Prior to coming to Southeastern, Dr. Gollery enthusiastically served Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and NOVA Southeastern University as an adjunct professor. He describes his service to graduate students pursuing degrees in various educational specialties as both an honor and a privilege. Dr. Gollery’s daily commitment as a building-level principal for over 20 years, in his words, allowed him the opportunity to merge theory and practice in a meaningful, practical fashion for students preparing to teach, counsel, and administer following graduation.

Dr. Gollery is a father to two grown children, both who are recent university graduates in the field of nursing and currently practice professionally in Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida.