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Thomas E. Ryan, Senior Consulting Associate

photo of Thomas E. Ryan Tom Ryan provides 35 years of experience in the advancement profession at the college and secondary school levels, plus service on the boards of non-profit organizations. He has extensive experience in capital campaigns, annual giving, major gift solicitation, 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 this time the Annual Fund exceeded $1 million for the first time in the school’s history. Tom also oversaw alumni relations, public affairs, and the government and community relations effort.

Prior to his service at Assumption College, Tom worked for 21 years in various capacities in the development office of his alma mater, 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 at $76 million, and Director of Development.

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.

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 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), Worcester Economic Club (president 2012-13), Saint John’s High School Board of Trustees (Shrewsbury, MA), and Jesuit Volunteer Corps: East Board. He is currently a member of the Hanover Theatre Development Committee (Worcester, MA), the Associates of the Boston Public Library, the Brewster Historical Society Development Committee, the Ursuline Academy (Dedham, MA) Board of Trustees and his parish finance committee. Tom has been a frequent presenter at CASE District I conferences.

Recent clients include: Clark University, Cleveland Zoo, The Brewster Historical Society (MA), Whitinsville Christian School (Northbridge, MA), the Akron Zoo, Worcester Historical Museum, Cambridge College (MA), Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland CA), Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Middlesex Community College (MA), the Little Rock Zoo (AR), Holy Name High School (Worcester, MA) and St. John the Evangelist Parish (Attleboro, MA).

Tom is married with two adult children. He and his wife Patti, a teacher in the Worcester Public School system, live in Holden, MA.