Tom Gattis joined CCAD in 2012 to facilitate the creation of the college’s Industrial Design program (now known as Product Design). During that time, he worked with colleagues across CCAD’s design programs as well as the directors of CCAD’s Liberal Arts and first-year programs to pave the way for the program’s phase-in. Gattis' prior academic leadership experience includes a post as associate vice president and management of curricular overhauls of industrial and furniture design programs. In the private industry, Gattis has worked as a designer and project manager in the nuclear industry, as an account executive in the trade show and exhibition industry, and as a professional model maker.

Gattis earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University in Alabama and a master’s degree in Industrial Technology Education from Bemidji State University in Minnesota.

A former professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, Gattis spends his spare time as a wooden boat builder and master woodturner. He is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America, the American Craft Council, and the American Association of Woodturners.