Meet Dallas RT Program Director Tommy Rust
Nov. 9, 2016
Having just about exhausted our allotment of Campus President spotlights, or professional profiles, weâve decided to get a little more specific. Weâre going to start introducing you to various directors of programs we have at our 16 campuses. And, since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we decided to start out by introducing you to Tommy Rust, Program Director of our Respiratory Therapy program at Concorde Career College â Dallas.
Tommy has been a Program Director (PD) or involved in education for more than 40 years, but has been at Concorde for the last seven and just a little longer than a year as a PD. He heads up one of Concorde â Dallasâ most popular and highly-regarded programs.
Letâs learn a little more about Tommyâs love for education and helping students, his love of a certain criminal investigative show and his love of flight.
Meet Tommy Rust.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A CONCORDE RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROGRAM DIRECTOR?
I started with Concorde in 2009 as the National Director for Respiratory Therapy and transitioned into the PD position at the Dallas campus in 2015. I have been a PD or DCE for the past 40 years. I started in âInhalation Therapyâ in 1968.
WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A PROGRAM DIRECTOR?
The best part has been being involved with Respiratory Therapy students and helping them realize their dreams to be a Registered Therapist.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOUR RT PROGRAM IN DALLAS STAND OUT, SEPARATES IT FROM A TYPICAL RT PROGRAM?
Like all RT programs at Concorde, the faculty makes the difference. The PD sets the environment for the faculty to thrive and grow. This, I believe, allows them the freedom to be great educators.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WERE EVER GIVEN?
Work hard and do the right thing!
WHAT'S A FAVORITE TV SHOW, RECENT MOVIE YOU'VE SEEN OR BOOK YOU'VE READ?
My favorite TV show is NCIS. The last book I read was âSully,â by Chesley B. Sullenberger III with Jeffrey Zaslow.
WHAT IS A HIDDEN TALENT, FAVORITE HOBBY OR LITTLE-KNOWN FACT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I am a pilot. I have flown gyroplanes and planes. I used to own an RV-6A and flew almost every day. I also participate in âDFW Honor Flight,â which takes WWII, Korean and Viet Nam veterans to Washington D.C. to see their memorials.