Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Stauffacher, Tom

Director, Industry Education Programs, Bisk College of Business

Tom Stauffacher was born in Rockford, Illinois. Upon graduating from West Rockford Senior High School, he graduated from the University of Montana at Missoula earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. As a Distinguished Military Graduate from the ROTC program, he was commissioned in the Regular United States Army and served over 27 years in the Army as a signal officer, retiring in 1993 as a Colonel. Over the years, Tom served in various Army units in critical command and staff positions in many locations including Fort Monmouth, NJ (as a contracting officer); the Republic of Vietnam (101st Airborne Division); Republic of Korea (2nd Infantry Division); Germany (5th Signal Command); Belgium (NATO); Fort Bragg, NC (XVIII Airborne Corps) and the Pentagon. While in the Army, he earned a Master of Science degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Contract and Procurement Management. Key military schooling he attended included the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS; the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir, VA; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, DC. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

Upon his retirement, he was a program manager at Harris Technical Services Corporation, Melbourne, FL, managing a field engineering and maintenance support contract for a segment of the Defense Satellite Communication System ground stations at locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and numerous sites elsewhere in the world. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor for the Florida Tech Bisk College of Business, teaching, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, courses such as management principles, business ethics, organizational behavior and theory, federal government contract management and international business. In 2003, he became the Director, Industry Education Programs, Florida Institute of Technology, Bisk College of Business where he is responsible for consolidating key programs that interact directly with local businesses (i.e. Business Practicum Program, High School Ethics Competition, Annual Ethics Conference, etc.).

He is a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church assigned to Ascension Catholic Church, Melbourne and Florida Tech Catholic Campus Ministries; plays tuba in the Melbourne Municipal Band; does volunteer work at the Daily Bread soup kitchen in Melbourne and the Ascension Catholic Church Thrift Shop.  He and his wife Kathryn have two children, Michael and Maribeth.

Educational Background

B.S. - Business Administration University of Montana 1966
M.S. - Contract and Procurement Management Florida Institute of Technology 1972

Professional Experience

2003-Present
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
College of Business
Director, Industry Education Programs

1994-Present
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
College of Business
Adjunct Lecturer (Management Principles; Organizational Behavior and Theory; International Business; Federal Contract Management; Leadership; Business Ethics)

1996-1999
Univeristy of Central Florida
Department of Management
Adjunct Lecturer (Management Principles; Organizational Behavior and Theory; Labor Relations)

1995-1999
Harris Technical Services Corporation
Program Manager – Defense Satellite Communications System Network Control Support Services; Other field engineering and maintenance services

1994-1995
Private Management and Business Consultant – Harris Technical Services Corporation, Melbourne, Florida

1990-1993
United States Army, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
Project Manager – Satellite Communications

1988-1990
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Mons, Belgium
Communications Systems Section Chief

1987-1988
Industrial College of the Armed Forces - National Defense University Fort McNair, Virginia
Student

1985-1987
327th Signal Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Battalion Commander

1981-1985
Department of the Army, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Acquisition Program and Budget Coordinator

1981
Defense Systems Management College, Project Management Course, Fort Belvoir, VA
Student

1978-1981
Augsburg and Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany
Various Army Signal Corps Assignments

1977-1978
United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Student

1972-1977
United States Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
Contracting Officer

1971-1972
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
College of Business
Graduate Student – Contract and Procurement Management

1966-1971
Various Army Signal Corps Assignments, the Republic of Korea (2nd Infantry Division), Fort Bragg (XVIII Airborne Corps), North Carolina, and the Republic of Vietnam (101st Airborne Division)