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Thomas E. Ryan, Senior Consulting Associate

photo of Thomas E. Ryan Tom Ryan comes to the firm with 35 years of experience in the advancement profession at the college and secondary school levels. He has extensive experience in capital campaigns, annual giving, alumni relations, volunteer management, public affairs, and government & community relations.

For thirteen years (1999-2011), Tom served as the Vice President for Advancement at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. In this capacity he planned and directed the college’s $30 million Centennial Campaign, which finished 10% over goal. During the campaign, the school applied for and received a prestigious Kresge challenge grant for $800,000 when it raised the remaining $4 million needed toward its $11 million fundraising goal for a new science building in a 14 month period. During this time the Annual Fund exceeded $1 million for the first time in the school’s history and has remained above that level ever since. In his role as vice president he also oversaw alumni relations and public affairs. For four years he guided the government and community relations effort, which included visits to Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill and City Hall.

Prior to his service at Assumption College, Tom worked for 21 years in various capacities in the development office of the College of the Holy Cross. This included 10 years with the Annual Fund, which experienced 52-58% alumni participation during that time, director of the $60 million Campaign for Holy Cross (1989-1994) which finished 26% over goal at $76 million, and Director of Development upon completion of the campaign. In his final year in that role, Holy Cross raised $19.1 million in total giving, including $6.5 million in annual giving.

Most recently, Tom served for two years as the Chief Advancement Officer at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA where he previously served three terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. The Saint John’s Fund exceeded $1 million for the first time in the school’s history in 2012 and exceeded that total in 2013. Alumni participation rose from 15% to 21% during that time period. The seven person Advancement office sponsored 27 alumni and parent events in one year alone, including the annual Gala which raised $120,000 in net proceeds for financial aid in 2013.

Tom received his A.B. degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross in 1976. He served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for two years in inner-city Philadelphia before returning to work in the Holy Cross development office. He has served as the Class Chair for the HC Class of 1976 since his graduation and his class has set new Reunion Gift records in each reunion year. In 2009 Tom received the college’s In Hoc Signo Award, the highest honor awarded by the Alumni Association.

His volunteer service also includes participation on the boards or executive committees of: Catholic Charities of Worcester County, CASE District 1, Jesuit Advancement Administrators (representing the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the US), the Worcester Economic Club, Saint John’s High School, and Jesuit Volunteer Corps: East. He is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee for the $5 million campaign for The Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Tom has been a frequent presenter at CASE District I and JAA conferences.