Dr. Thomas P. Foley, J.D. Named President of Mount Aloysius College

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The Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas P. Foley, J.D. as the college’s 13th president.

Dr. Thomas P. Foley will be the incoming President at Mount Aloysius College

Dan Rollo, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees said, "What the search committee and Board of Trustees were looking for was the candidate that was the right fit for this institution. We are exceptionally please to have found that person in Tom Foley."

The Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas P. Foley, J.D. as the college’s 13th president. The Board of Trustees selected Dr. Foley at its April meeting.

The College’s Board of Trustees met in November to begin the process of finding Mount Aloysius’ next president after Sister Mary Ann Dillon, Ph.D. announced her plan to step down in June. Mr. Daniel W. Rullo, Vice Chair of the Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential search committee retained the services of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson and conducted a national search which produced more than fifty candidates over the last few months.

“Many candidates were more than qualified to become Mount Aloysius’ thirteenth president,” according to Rullo, “What the search committee and Board of Trustees were looking for was the candidate that was the right fit for this institution. We are exceptionally pleased to have found that person in Tom Foley.”

Currently, Dr. Foley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (SEPA) of the American Red Cross. This chapter serves a community of 3.8 million people each year with critical disaster relief, lifesaving CPR, first aid, AED and safety training courses, youth leadership programs and community disaster education programs.

Under his leadership, the SEPA chapter was able to respond to major disasters not only on a local level with hurricane related floods, fires and other disasters in the region but also to events that occurred in other areas of the country as well as around the globe. The SEPA Chapter raised more than $40 million for Katrina relief as well as $11.8 million for the Indonesian Tsunami relief. Dr. Foley and a contingent of volunteers are also assisting in relief efforts in Haiti.

“I am very impressed with every aspect of Mount Aloysius College. From its roots to present day, this institution lives its mission,” Foley said. “I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to joining the Mount Aloysius community. It is clear to me that this College has been in very good hands for the last 13 years under Sister Mary Ann Dillon. I will do my best to carry on the traditions of service, mission and excellence as its next President.”

Prior to his work at the Red Cross, Dr. Foley was the President and Chief Professional Officer for the United Way of Pennsylvania. From 1996 to 1999, he served in a White House appointee position as Regional Representative of the U.S. Secretary of Labor. In 1991, Foley was unanimously confirmed as PA’s youngest Secretary of Labor and Industry, where he oversaw all aspects of this 6000 employee, $3 billion federal/state department, where he worked for Governor Robert P. Casey. Previous to that post, he served as a Special Assistant to the Governor, where his work included implementation of the nationally acclaimed PennFREE anti-drug program, and as Chief Deputy to then Secretary of Labor and Industry, Harris Wofford.

Dr. Foley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He also was an International Rotary Foundation Fellow at the University College Dublin, attended the State and Local Government Executive Leadership Program at the Kennedy School of Government and the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School. Dr. Foley serves on numerous boards and committees at all levels, is the author of a wide range of op-ed and journal articles and is committed to improving the lives of others in his community.

For more information, please visit http://www.mtaloy.edu/president or contact Jackie Gutshall, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 814-886-6465.

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