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Tommy Otterbine

Manager, Initiatives

As manager of initiatives at CAEL, Tommy Otterbine focuses on partnership project work that positively benefits adult learners. He joined CAEL in 2022 as a postsecondary education professional who is passionate about inspirational leadership and student success.

Otterbine most recently served as associate director of student leadership and engagement at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he led a team of seven providing co-curricular experiences for undergraduate, transfer, graduate, and professional students. Programming areas included student organizations, civic engagement, leadership programming, campus-wide signature programming, and student programming boards. Before that, he was Virginia Commonwealth University’s assistant director of structured sports and outreach programming. Otterbine also previously served as club sports program director at Penn State University. He currently is active as a coordinator of operations for OutLoud Sports and previously volunteered as vice president of Stonewall Sports, and as financial director for the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association, which he founded.

Otterbine holds a bachelor’s degree in life science/microbiology from Penn State University and he earned his master’s degree in recreation and sport administration from Western Kentucky University. Otterbine resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Areas of Expertise

Tommy has extensive experience in co-curricular programming, experiential learning, leadership development, and risk management. He has over 15 years of experience working in postsecondary education administration and over 10 years of experience working with non-profit organizations that serve underrepresented populations.

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