Student Professional Development Center

Tom Brinkley

    Executive Director of Student Professional Development Center

Tom Brinkley is the Executive Director of the Student Professional Development Center. He has responsibility for directing career services, corporate and employer relations, and the student on-campus job registry system at Elon.

Tom joined Elon in 2011 after more than 30 years in corporate human resources, management consulting, and higher education. Tom was most recently a Partner at a top international executive search firm and managed over 150 search assignments for senior level positions at client organizations. He has also served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Oakwood Homes Corporation in Greensboro, NC, and before that as Director of Executive Education and MBA Career Services at Wake Forest University.

After beginning his career as an English teacher in Durham, Tom joined FMI Corporation in Raleigh, NC, and then served in a variety of roles in recruiting and human resources for RJR Nabisco in Winston-Salem.  Tom works closely with academic deans, faculty, alumni and advisory boards to develop and execute a strategic plan for the SPDC, with the goal of developing a model career and professional development center for Elon students and alumni.

I can help you with:

  • Connecting you with the Student Professional Development Center
  • Meeting with employers, alumni, parents, and friends of Elon to promote student opportunities
  • Answering any questions about how the Student Professional Development Center can help you or your organization