John Thomas (Tom) Scott

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

headshot of Dr. John Thomas (Tom) ScottDr. John Thomas (Tom) Scott became dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the institution’s oldest and largest academic unit, on March 20, 2024. Dr. Scott, professor and chair of the College’s history department, joined Mercer’s faculty in 1991 and has also directed the Honors Program in addition to serving as University Marshal. 

His academic specialty is early American and U.S. religious and intellectual history. He is the author of numerous academic journal articles and a book on the 1730s Wesley Mission to Georgia, published by Lehigh Press. He is co-editor, with Dr. Achim Kopp of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, of a forthcoming collection of Moravian journals to Georgia from the 1730s, also from Lehigh Press.

Dr. Scott earned his undergraduate degree in history from Vanderbilt University and holds an Master of Arts in history from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from The College of William and Mary. He studied also at the University of Leeds.