Faculty & Staff

Dr. Tom Merrill

Director, Center for Innovation

ML 7721
Center for Innovation

Phone: (513) 745-3135


  • DMA, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • MM, Musicology, Rice
  • MM, Choral, Rice
  • BM, Rhodes College

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Dr. Tom Merrill has spent over 20 years in higher education. Currently he serves as the Director for the Xavier University Center for Innovation. He works with the CFI staff and interns to develop innovative practices around campus, in the community, and with start-up partners. Tom, by training, is a choral conductor. He is often amazed at the implication of the intersection of innovation and the arts, especially when viewed through the lens of design thinking. Tom is a master facilitator for ExperiencePoint’s Experience Innovation simulation, as well as an Innovation Engineering Black Belt, and a graduate of Stanford University’s d.School Boot Camp.

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