Altoona, Pa. – The Altoona Blair County Development Corporation’s Executive Committee announced that Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley has been appointed to serve on the Corporation’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Foley worked in both the public and non-profit sectors, prior to joining academia. Most recently, he spent more than a decade as the CEO of the American Red Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania and as President of the United Way of Pennsylvania. He also served in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, as legislative aide and counsel to Congressman James M. Shannon and then-Senator Joseph R. Biden.
Foley spent seven years of his career working for Governor Robert P. Casey, in two cabinet-level posts, including as Secretary of Labor and Industry. He remains the youngest in the history of the Commonwealth to have held that post.
Prior to his government service, Foley was a Graduate Fellow at University College, Dublin, Ireland, after which he spent two years as counsel to the Nobel Peace Prize winning Peace People in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was the first American elected to the group’s Executive Board, initiated their award-winning integrated sports program and was the co-founder of the widely effective (and still active) Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ).
Mr. Foley is the 13th President of Mount Aloysius College and has served in that post since July of 2010. He is frequently honored throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for strong leadership, work ethic and his innovative approach to problem solving. Foley has received numerous citations for service in both the public and non-profit sectors.
The Mount Aloysius College President is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. He earned his Juris Doctoris degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Journal of World Public Order.
A prolific author, Foley has written nearly 100 articles, op-ed and journal pieces on a variety of topics, including issues related to work, job training, community service and public security. He has testified in Washington and Harrisburg on matters of public policy on over 30 occasions, appeared often on TV and radio and keynoted numerous events in several states and in Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and has chaired eight statewide Boards and Commissions, including the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Development, Penn Serve, and the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Mr. Foley and his wife, Michele, reside in Hollidaysburg, Pa. They are the parents of three sons — Thomas, Matt and Andrew.