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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Thomas P. Foley


Mount Aloysius College

Thomas P. Foley, president of Mount Aloysius College, is a graduate from Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. Like most Mount Aloysius students, Foley is the first generation in his family to go to college, so he understands the importance of having a strong work ethic.

“We have a terrific work ethic in Central Pennsylvania,” Foley said. “I see it every day in the 80-plus percent of our students who work at least a part-time job while going to school here. At Mount Aloysius, we try to partner our hard-working students with community projects across the region. Last year alone, Mount Aloysius students worked on 461 different community-based projects with 313 different nonprofit partners and were named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service.”

Under the direction of Foley and his team, the college has improved its Standard & Poor’s rating to an “A.” They led the campaign for five fully financed major construction projects and recently earned the full 10-year higher education accreditation.

Foley is the author of over 100 op-ed, monograph and journal pieces on subjects including job training, higher education, public security and nonprofit organizations. He has testified before both federal and state legislatures on more than thirty occasions and has chaired eight statewide boards and commissions, including the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development.

Foley is currently a member of the NCAA Presidents’ Council, a chair of the Presidents’ Council for Mercy Colleges, is vice chair of the Association of Independent College and Universities in Pa. and also serves on three regional economic development boards.

Thomas and his wife, Michele, have three adult sons.

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