Thomas J. Reilly Jr.
Emeritus Trustee and Campaign Co-Chair
Thomas J. Reilly Jr.’s connection to Arcadia University began at a wedding. He asked an Arcadia Board of Trustees member to dance, and afterward she asked him to join the Board.Committed to giving back to the community, Reilly agreed and soon began the process of becoming a Board of Trustees member. He was elected and in 1987 began 12 years of distinguished service on the Board. His service was recognized as he was designated an Emeritus Trustee. This designation entitles him to stay involved with Board activities, which he proudly has continued to do.
Through his involvement with the University, Reilly has witnessed many positive changes at Arcadia. He says he’s most proud of the expansion of Arcadia’s international programs. “Through an international experience you learn a lot about living somewhere else and accepting what’s different,” he says. Having spent four years with the U.S. Navy and being an avid traveler himself, he knows firsthand the positive impact international experiences can have.
Reilly also serves as a Co-Chair for the Campaign Steering Committee. He became involved in At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University because he recognized the Campaign’s ability to promote success and growth at Arcadia. “Each Campaign goal is multifaceted and worthwhile,” he says, though he is most excited about building the University Commons.
“The Commons is especially significant because it will serve as a focal point for students,” Reilly says, noting that an education is important not only for a career, but also for personal growth.
In addition to his roles at Arcadia, Reilly is a retired partner of Arthur Andersen & Co. He also assists other non-profit organizations, including serving on the board for the Rock School for Dance Education, as a past President of Center City Residents’ Association, and as a former board member for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
“I believe in giving back to where you live and work—it’s important,” he says.