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Local Professionals Join Thomas Aquinas College Board Of Regents

SANTA PAULA, CA-October 29, 2009-Thomas Aquinas College recently appointed three new members to its Board of Regents: Jim Latty of Westlake Village, Patrick Loughman of Ojai, and Jim Tierney of Northridge. Each is a strong supporter of the 4-year, Catholic college located along Highway 150 between Ojai and Santa Paula. Active in their local communities and professions, these new members are well-positioned to serve as ambassadors of the college in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Says Vice President for Development, J. Quincy Masteller, "We are proud to have these new members join our Board of Regents. They are all committed to making Thomas Aquinas College - which is nationally recognized for its academic excellence - even better known in its own backyard."

Appointed by the college's Board of Governors, Regents are devoted to raising awareness of and cultivating friends for the 38-year-old college. They also support the school's student financial aid fund through various fund-raising events, including the Regent's annual golf classic held at the Sherwood Country Club each spring.


James A. Latty, PhD, PE, is a Catholic business leader with world-wide strategic experience at public and private companies. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a PhD also in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. A registered professional engineer, Dr. Latty has taught courses at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and Webster University, and he has been granted seven U.S. patents.

Dr. Latty actively supports Catholic education at the parish, high school, and college levels, and served for nine years as the president of St. Edward Parish School in Dana Point, CA. Jim and his wife of 39 years, Cathy, have four children and reside in Westlake Village, CA.

Patrick T. Loughman is a partner in the law firm of Lowthrop, Richards, McMillan, Miller & Templeman, P.C. in Oxnard, CA. He is a 1978 graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School where received his Juris Doctor in 1982. Admitted to the California Bar in 1982, Pat joined the firm of Lowthrop Richards in 1983. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real property law, business law, and trust and estate planning. Pat's practice includes representation of agricultural clients in real estate sales, leases, partnerships, and corporate law matters. Patrick is an AV-rated attorney, the highest rating possible from the only national rating service for attorneys.

A lifelong Ventura County resident, Pat has been active in the community and has served on the boards of the Rotary Club; Knights of Columbus Adolfo Camarillo Council; Ventura County Life Centers; the Camarillo Boys and Girls Club; and the Ventura Bar Association as former co-chairman of the Bankruptcy/Commercial Law section. Patrick currently serves on the board of CREW, an organization dedicated to maintaining the back country trails of the Central Coast while providing employment and work experience for youth. He resides in Ojai with his wife, Michele, and their children.

James L. Tierney is the Chief Operating Officer of InterPrint, a printing and marketing communications firm in Los Angeles. His other business experience includes the founding of Pendleton Capital, a private equity investment fund. Jim is a former United States Marine Corps artillery officer, having served in units in the First Marine Division and around the world. At the rank of Captain he commanded a company of 500 Marines. Jim serves on the Board of the Foundation of Moorpark College. He earned an AB cum laude in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jim has been married to Kendra (nee Dosé) since 2001, and their 5th child was born in July 2009. They reside in Northridge.