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Dr. Tom Cappaert Appointed Associate Vice Provost at RMU

After successfully serving in an interim capacity, Cappaert has been elevated to the role permanently


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tom Cappaert as the Associate Vice Provost after successfully acting in an interim capacity. Dr. Cappaert has been with RMU for more than 12 years, serving as the Program Director for the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (PhD), Associate Director for the Office of Research, and Senior Faculty member in the PhD program.

“Dr. Cappaert was able to showcase his abilities and has served me well as the Interim Vice Provost,” said Dr. Malissa Martin, RMU Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. “I have worked with Dr. Cappaert in various capacities for many years, and look forward to working with him in leading the office of Academic Affairs at RMU.”

Dr. Cappaert started at RMU as a Professor of Biostatistics. He later became the Program Director for the PhD program, where he provided invaluable leadership from 2019 to 2022.  In addition, he has actively contributed to various University committees, including the Academic Research Committee, the Committee for Rank and Promotion, the Faculty Development Committee, and the Teaching Effectiveness Committee. In September 2023, Dr. Cappaert was appointed the role of Interim Associate Vice Provost. 

While serving as Interim Associate Vice Provost, Dr. Cappaert worked on initiatives to enhance the academic environment and support systems at RMU. His endeavors included faculty development and teaching effectiveness, developing innovative Canvas course organization templates, improving communication channels, and addressing common teaching challenges. 

“I believe my most impactful role at RMU so far has been as a mentor,” said Dr. Cappaert. “I’m very proud to have served on over 75 dissertation committees, guiding and inspiring the next generation of researchers and educators.”

Dr. Cappaert has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Charleston, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation from Marshall University, and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Toledo.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr. Cappaert holds certifications as an Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His clinical experience in outpatient physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation settings further enriches his expertise.

Dr. Cappaert’s dedication to research and scholarship is evident in his extensive body of work, comprising over 50 articles, book chapters, home study programs, and grants. He has shared his expertise on national and regional platforms, presenting at over 60 conferences and workshops. His involvement in the academic community extends to serving on the editorial board for the Athletic Training Education Journal and reviewing manuscripts for ten different scientific journals.