In a unanimous vote, the Board of Governors has appointed Paul O’Reilly as the next president of Thomas Aquinas College — the first alumnus to hold that position in the school’s 50-year history….
A 30-year member of the teaching faculty and the current vice president for advancement, O’Reilly first came to the college in 1980, shortly after his family fled to North America to escape the Troubles in Northern Ireland….
Within one year of his graduation, O’Reilly married classmate Peggy Steichen and moved to Quebec, where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy at the Université Laval. He then taught for two years at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, before returning to Thomas Aquinas College as a member of the teaching faculty in 1989. From 1995 to 1999 he also served as assistant dean of students.
In 2011, President Michael McLean named O’Reilly vice president for development, a position he held until 2020….
In addition to being an alumnus of the College, O’Reilly is a TAC parent. He and Mrs. O’Reilly have 12 children, five of whom are current students or alumni, including a senior on the New England campus and a sophomore in California….
The above comes from a June 11 release from Thomas Aquinas College.