ACEL Faculty Spotlight: Tom Stewart


Tom Stewart joined the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership as a lecturer in 2005. One of is long term goals was to teach and over the past 15 years has taught the Department’s courses is public speaking, public relations and senior transition from college. He has been awarded the Price Teaching Award, the NACTA Teaching Award and in 2019 was recognized by the University with the Distinguished Lecturer Award.

Before joining ACEL, Stewart worked in the broadcasting industry for more than 25 years as an account executive, general sales manager, general manager of WBNS Radio and eventually general manager and vice president of WBNS-TV. During his tenure at WBNS Television, Tom returned the station to dominance in community presence, gross advertising revenues and audience programming ratings. Tom retired from WBNS-TV in 2001.

In addition to his work in communication and education, Stewart has also been involved in the Columbus and Central Ohio community having served on the boards of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Community Shelter Board, The Grange Mutual Insurance Company and many more.

He is a graduate of Upper Arlington High School and The Ohio State University, where he obtained a degree in communication and education in 1972.

We are thankful for Tom’s dedication to our students and outstanding teaching abilities!




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