Thomas Ference

Thomas Ference

Thomas Ference

Special Lecturer
Health Policy and Management


29 Owatonna St
Haworth NJ USA 07641
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Dr. Thomas P. Ference, PhD, MS, is interested in strategic management, leadership, the management of professionals, career development and management, and the management of not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Ference was director of the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program from 1974 through 1994. He is a founding member and first Chair of the Executive MBA Council. He is the founder and head of The Riverside Group, a management consulting and executive development firm, and has consulted with and designed and conducted executive development programs for many firms, including The Hay Group, The NPD Group, The Duncan Group, Novartis, and Aventis, among others. He has taught in executive programs in the UK, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brazil, France, and Spain. He is also a founder and past Faculty Director [1976-2011] of the Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-Profit Management and has consulted with a number of prominent not-for-profit institutions including New York Presbyterian Hospital, The New York City Police Department, UJA-Federation, Holy Name Hospital, and The 92nd Street Y, among others. He is Chair of the Haworth, NJ Municipal Planning Board. He is past Chair of the Board of the Volunteer Consulting Group and past Chair of the Board of Reality House. He has served on the Board of Bergen Catholic High School and on several other public and not-for-profit boards.



PhD, 1967, Carnegie-Mellon University
MS, 1966, Carnegie-Mellon University
BS, 1963, Carnegie-Mellon University

Columbia Affiliations

Faculty Director, Institute for Not-for-Profit Management

Honors & Awards

Dean's Award for Innovation in Curriculum, 2005-2006

Areas of Expertise

Physician Education, Ethics, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Providers, Managed Care

Select Urban Health Activities

Police Management Institute: Dr. Ference directs an executive development program for senior New York Police Department executives under auspices of the Institute for Not-For-Profit Management.
Institute for Not-for-Profit Management: Dr. Ference serves as faculty director for a 30-year old program aimed at professional development needs of senior agency executives in NY Metro area not-for-profit organizations.

Select Global Activities

Executive Education: Dr. Ference has designed, directed, and taught in Executive Development programs in the countries noted.

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