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 Governors | Governors Emeriti | Deceased 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
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
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.
Board member of Catholic Leadership Institute, Magnificat Foundation, Birth Choice Health Clinics, and the Orange Catholic Foundation; task force member for Catholic Relief Services; committee member for WorldPriest.com and Christ Cathedral in Orange, California.
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 A. 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
(* 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
(* 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
Dame of Malta; long active in Catholic social services and orphanage work
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
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
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
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
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