Tom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas before beginning his career in 1987 as the third generation to work in The Shaver Partnership, his family’s architectural and consulting company. There, he first learned about academic spaces by working alongside his father, John Shaver, who specialized in university building design.
Inspired by his work at The Shaver Partnership, Tom founded Ad Astra in 1996, originally as a consulting firm. Soon, his consulting work evolved to include software to support an innovative, capacity-based model for academic space management, and a student-centric model for course-offering management.
In 2004, Tom was awarded his first U.S. Patent for inventing a unique business process for Student Course and Space Scheduling. The two primary components of the invention are Student Specific Demand Analysis and Application of Demand Data. More than 1,000 university and college campuses globally have used Ad Astra software and solutions.
Today, Tom leads Ad Astra’s strategic vision to build software and services that help institutions achieve their primary mission to educate and graduate students. Tom is the leading industry expert on utilizing strategic scheduling to help institutions design better pathways for their students and align their faculty and space for more efficient resource stewardship.