Dr. Cliff ThermerInstructor

Dr. Cliff Thermer currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Business, Management and Advanced Manufacturing and is the Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at Goodwin College. In addition to the administrative oversight of an academic department, Dr. Thermer serves on the President’s Cabinet, the College Leadership Council; the College’s IRB; and the Academic Affairs Committee.

Since 1998, Dr. Thermer has taught at all levels of higher education holding adjunct positions at Middlesex Community College, University of Hartford, Quinnipiac University, and Albertus Magus College. He was also a visiting assistant professor of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford and Associate Director of the Organizational Leadership Program at Quinnipiac University. Dr. Thermer joined Goodwin College in 2010 as the Program Director for Business and Management. In March of 2011, Dr. Thermer was promoted to Chair of the Department of Social Science, Business and Education and worked with his colleagues to grow the department from 7 full-time faculty and staff positions with 7 academic programs serving 350 students to a department with 31 faculty and staff and 17 academic programs serving 1,085 students.

In July of 2015, the Department added the manufacturing programs and later split off to become the Department of Business, Management and Advanced Manufacturing. These programs are now housed in the 60,000 square foot Business and Manufacturing Center which includes growing CNC Machining, Quality, Welding and Logistics programs with a robotics program in design. In 2017, we added the college’s first master degree program in Organizational Leadership. A compliment of 25 faculty and staff service 487 students and counting with 9 business and manufacturing degrees and 12 related certificates.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Thermer is a 24-year veteran who has served both in municipal and state police forces in a wide variety of patrol and administrative functions which included K-9 handler, field supervisor, Troop Executive Officer, Department Education Officer, and Unit Commanding Officer. He spent 15 years developing training at the recruit, incumbent, supervisory and management levels and served 10 years at the Emergency Operations Center in Hartford in a variety of roles including the DPS Executive Officer at the EOC. He also held a variety of positions and responsibilities for 6 years at Rentschler Field and was part of a team that developed the security planning during construction of the facility. He retired from state service in 2009 as the Commandant of the Connecticut State Police Training Academy.

In his spare time, Dr. Thermer serves as Vice President of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Educational Foundation, INC., which operates a non-profit retail store to raise money for scholarships. He is also principle at SAJE Enterprises, LLC – a training and consulting operation, and SAJE Property Ventures – an entrepreneurial venture focused on residential property investment and neighborhood revitalization.

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