Tom Becker was the President of Chautauqua Institution from 2003 - 2016.
Becker joined Chautauqua in March 1985 as a vice president of the Institution and vice president of the Chautauqua Foundation. Over the years he was promoted to executive vice president and CEO of the Foundation. In 2001, he continued as chief executive officer of the Foundation and was named executive vice president of Chautauqua Institution. As chief executive, Becker oversaw the growth of the Foundation into a professional fund-raising organization and led it to raising over $100 million in support of the Institution. He has a degree in political science from Xavier University and a Masters in Public Administration from Indiana University at South Bend where he is a recipient of their Outstanding Alumni Award. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).