Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio is the fifteenth president of Tarleton State University. As president, he oversees more than 1,000 employees, manages an average annual budget of $110 million, and provides 9,000 students strategic direction for the sites in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Granbury and Thurber.
Dr. Dottavio came to Tarleton on August 1, 2008 from the presidency of Heidelberg University, a 159 year old private college in Tiffin, Ohio. At Heidelberg, he increased student enrollment, led successful fund-raising campaigns, expanded the curriculum and initiated student engagement strategies and programs.
Prior to his tenure at Heidelberg, he served as the chief executive officer of The Ohio State University at Marion. During his time at Ohio State, the Marion campus maintained one of the lowest tuition rates among the 37 Ohio public colleges, opened a university center in nearby Delaware, Ohio, and received a $10 million gift, which was one of the largest ever given to the Ohio State System. When named to head Ohio State-Marion, Dr. Dottavio was working for the United States Department of the Interior as chief scientist for the National Park Service in Atlanta. Research programs he led there included coastal zone management, ecosystem restoration and conservation biology.
Dr. Dottavio earned a bachelors degree in natural resource management from The Ohio State University, a masters degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. In 2001, The Ohio State University selected Dr. Dottavio from among 350,000 alumni to receive its Distinguished Citizenship Award. In 2007, he was one of eight distinguished alumni honored by The Purdue University College of Agriculture.
President Dottavio and his wife Dr. C. Lisette Dottavio, CPA and senior tax accountant, have two grown children, Aaron and Adrea. Aaron lives in Montgomery, Texas and Adrea lives in College Station.
President Dottavio and Family