Governance

The Board of Governors is a self-perpetuating body entrusted with the task of supervising, controlling, and managing the affairs of Thomas Aquinas College in such a way as to achieve its end as outlined in the College’s founding document, A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education. All authority and responsibility within the College originates with the Board of Governors, which is its legal board of trustees under the laws of the State of California. The Board consists of no more than 30 men and women, seven of whom must be either the founding members or members of the Faculty of Thomas Aquinas College. The other members, drawn from various parts of the United States, are chosen for their knowledge, experience, and general ability to assist the College in achieving its purpose. 

Current GovernorsGovernors Emeriti | Deceased Governors

 

CURRENT GOVERNORS
(* indicates College faculty member)

Chairman: R. Scott Turicchi
President of j2 Global, Inc.

Vice Chairman:Dieter Huckestein
Chairman and CEO of Hotel and Procurement Services, LLC,

President: Michael F. McLean*
President of Thomas Aquinas College, 2009-present; Dean, 2003-2009; Vice President for Development, 1987-92; senior tutor

Vice President: John W. Neumayr*
Founder and senior tutor; formerly taught at Santa Clara University and at St. Mary’s College of California; served as Dean of the College from 1971-81

Treasurer and Secretary: Peter L. DeLuca*
Founder, former Interim President, Vice President for Finance and Administration, senior tutor

Robert J. Barbera
President of Barbera Management, a real estate investment company in Monrovia, Calif.; Chairman of the Board, Americanism Educational League

James P. Conn
Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Financial Security Assurance based in New York City; Former president and CEO of Bay Meadows Operating Co.; served as a Trustee at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

Walter J. Conn
Chairman, Charles Dunn Co., a property management company in Los Angeles; Trustee Emeritus of Gonzaga University; board member of the International Theological Institute, the Los Angeles Opera, the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, and the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart

Angela Y. Connelly
Board Member, Archdiocese of Seattle Fulcrum Foundation for Catholic Schools and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital; a member of the Thomas Aquinas College Class of 1987.

R. Glen Coughlin*
Senior tutor and former Dean, Thomas Aquinas College

Milton F. (“Bud”) Daily
Managing General Partner of the M.F. Daily Investment Company, a Ventura County-based property ownership and development company

Michael K. Grace
Senior partner in Grace & Grace, a Los Angeles law firm specializing in intellectual property and complex business litigation

Maria O. Grant
An Overseer of the Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Gardens in Pasadena, Calif.; Board Member of the Dan Murphy Foundation and the Don Bosco Technical Institute; former President, Treasurer, and Board Member of the Pasadena Mental Health Association

Thomas J. Kaiser*
Senior tutor, Thomas Aquinas College

Brian T. Kelly*
Dean of Thomas Aquinas College and senior tutor

Thomas R. Krause
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Behavioral Science Technology, Inc.; President, Agora Foundation

Patricia Crane Lynch
Member of the Papal Foundation; member of the Boards of Directors for the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, Family of the Americas Foundation, BRAVO! Colorado Music Festival, and the Charitable Foundation of the Diocese of St. Thomas (Virgin Islands); Dame of Malta, Lady of the Holy Sepulchre, Member of the Libris Society of Chestnut Hill College

Mark E. Montgomery
Member of the Board of Directors and officer of Montgomery Management Company, a real estate management and development business in Los Angeles, Calif.

President of Mary’s Shelter, which provides assistance to homeless mothers; member on the boards of the Orange Catholic Foundation, the Magis Institute, and Mudpuddle Films

Lloyd Noble II
Investor, oil and gas ventures and marketable securities; Director and Officer for various privately held companies; Director for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs; Knight of the Holy Sepulchre

Paul J. O’Reilly*
Vice President for Development, senior tutor

Frederick J. Ruopp
Chairman and CEO of Chelsea Management Co., an investment firm in Los Angeles, Calif.

Thomas P. Sullivan
President of Jefferson Realty Corp. and Jefferson Development Corp. in Los Angeles, Calif.; a board member of the Right to Life League, and Vice President of the Salvation Army board

Donald E. Swartz
President of Quest Property Corporation, a Los Angeles land development and consulting company; previously partner in Blakely/Swartz, a California property development and investment partnership

Stephen Walsh
Chief Investment Officer of Western Asset Management Company; Member of the boards of Catholic Relief Services, University of Colorado Investment Committee, Sacred Heard Sisters Investment Committee, and the Harvest of Hope Catholic Food Pantry (Boulder, Colorado)

R. James Wensley
Retired President and CEO of Capstone Turbine Corp.; former CIO and Vice President of Hughes Aircraft Company

Henry J. Zeiter
Founder and Director of the Zeiter Eye Clinic in Stockton, Calif.; fellow of the American College of Surgeons; member of the American Board of Ophthalmology

Andrew W. Zepeda
Formerly Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Griffin Industries; formerly Senior Partner in the Los Angeles, Calif., law firm of Lurie, Zepeda, Schmaltz & Hogan; currently with The Alvarez Firm in Westlake Village, Calif.; founder and director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation; member of the Thomas Aquinas College class of 1979

 

GOVERNORS EMERITI
(* indicates College faculty member)

Rosemary E. Donohue
A Trustee of the Dan Murphy Foundation in Los Angeles, Calif., previously worked as a clothing designer and marketer.

Frances O’Connor Hardart
Member of the Board of Directors of Mohawk Paper Mills, Inc. and of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center Auxiliary in New York City; Hospitaller of the American Association of the Order of Malta

Edward N. Mills

Founder of Milsolv Companies, a group of chemical and energy concerns in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa; Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

 

DECEASED GOVERNORS
(* indicates former College faculty member)

William Bentley Ball
Senior partner in the Harrisburg, Penn., law firm of Ball, Skelly, Murren & Connell; prominent constitutional lawyer noted for his defense of religious liberty and litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court

James L. Barrett
Owner/operator, Chateau Montelena Winery in Calistoga, Calif.; served as senior partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Barrett, Sterns, Collins, Gleason & Kinney from 1957 to 1979; onetime director and president of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and director of Family Winemakers of California

Marcus R. Berquist*
Founder and senior tutor; formerly taught at St. Mary’s College of California and the University of San Diego

John W. Blewett
Retired in 1997 after 18 years as Vice-President of the College; previously held senior management positions in employee, industrial, and labor relations with the Kaiser companies from 1963-80

Harry G. Browne, M.D.
Vice President of Therapeutic Antibodies, Inc., New York, New York; Clinical Assistant professor of pathology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; specialist in tropical medicine

Margaret Browne
Dame of Malta; long active in Catholic social services and orphanage work

Thomas E. Dillon*
President of Thomas Aquinas College, 1991-2009; Dean, 1981-91; tutor since 1972; member of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which advises the Secretary of Education on matters of accreditation

J. Peter Grace
Chairman and president of W.R. Grace & Co.

William R. Hayden

Founder, Shopping Bag Food Stores; Vice-President, Vons Stores; President, William R. Hayden & Associates, San Gabriel, Calif.; Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory; Knight of Malta; member of the Board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College 1972-1974

William J. Isaacson
Senior partner in the Chicago law firm of Henehan, Donovan & Isaacson; co-founder of the Institute on Religious Life; Knight of Holy Sepulchre; board member of the Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights and many other Catholic organizations

Carl N. Karcher
Founder of Carl’s Junior restaurant chain; Chairman Emeritus of Carl Karcher Enterprises; Horatio Alger Award Winner; Knight of Malta

John R. Kiely
Executive consultant to Bechtel, Inc. in San Francisco; Knight of Malta

William S. Lawton, Jr.
Founding Board member of the College; served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and later as a liaison officer in France and Japan; graduate of the State Department’s School of Foreign Service

Sr. Eileen MacDonald, I.H.M.
Superior General of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Wichita, Kan.

J. Edward Martin
Partner at Albert C. Martin and Assoc. in Los Angeles, one of the oldest and largest architectural, engineering and planning firms in the West; instrumental in soliciting the funds necessary to open the College in 1971

Ronald P. McArthur
President Emeritus and tutor of the College; previously taught at San Francisco College for Women, St. Mary’s College of California, University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University.

Herbert H. McDade, Jr.
Chairman of Access Pharmaceutical Corp. in Dallas, Tex.; CEO of Thomas Corp.; former chairman and president of Armour Pharmaceutical Corp. and several other pharmaceutical companies

Felix S. McGinnis
President of the Leonardt Foundation of Los Angeles; Knight of Malta; Knight of the Holy Sepulchre; Knight of St. Gregory

Ralph M. McInerny
Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and Director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame; prolific author and co-founder and publisher of Crisis and Catholic Dossier magazines

Francis J. Milligan, Jr.
Senior partner in the Chicago law firm of Hoogendoorn, Talbot, Davids, Godfrey & Milligan; co-founder of the Institute on Religious Life; Knight of Holy Sepulchre; director of National Conference on Christians and Jews and many Catholic organizations

Francis J. Montgomery
CEO of Montgomery Management Co., a real estate management and development business in Los Angeles; Knight of Malta; Knight of the Holy Sepulchre; member of Board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College, 1971-2003

Richard L. Noble
A partner in the Los Angeles-based law firm of Noble and Campbell; lecturer at the USC Tax Institute and contributor to legal publications; Member of the board of Thomas Aquinas College 1977-2002

John E. Schaeffer
Senior partner in the law firm of Cooper, White and Cooper in San Francisco; member of the Board of Governors, Thomas Aquinas College, 1971-1995

William Weber Smith
Specialist in internal medicine with practice group in Beverly Hills, Calif., associated with Saint John’s Hospital, Santa Monica, as former Chief of Staff and member of its Board of Trustees; associated with Santa Monica Hospital; examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration

Chauncey Stillman
Founder of the Homeland Foundation and the Wethersfield Institute

William A. Wilson
The first United States Ambassador to the Holy See, 1984-86; Personal Envoy to the Vatican (1981-84); Chairman of San Vincente Investments Co., an independent business and financial consulting company in Los Angeles

Joseph A. Wynne
President, Joseph A. Wynnne Insurance Agency, San Francisco, Calif.; Knight of Malta; member of the Board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College 1975-1987; d. 1988

 

Governance

Members of the Board of Governors at their Winter 2011 meeting

Aileen McCarthy (’14)

“We’re aiming for the truth in all we learn here, and developing the skills to apply that truth. This formation will keep me strong for life.”

– Aileen McCarthy (’14)

Gallup, N.M.

“The Catholic Church may be justly proud of this unique college of Saint Thomas Aquinas on account of the high quality of its professors and its cultural contribution through philosophy and theology.”

– Giovanni Cardinal Lajolo

President Emeritus of the Governatorate

Vatican City State

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