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Thomas More sets inauguration (and celebration activities) for Joseph L. Chillo as 15th president

Thomas More University will hold the official inauguration of its 15th President Joseph L. Chillo on September 25 at 3 p.m.

But inauguration events will start on September 20 at 7 p.m. at Great American Ball Park. The Reds meet the Mets and President Chillo will be throwing out the first pitch.

Purchase deadline for tickets is Sept. 18. Click here to purchase.

TMU President Joseph L. Chillo

There will be an Inauguration Mass on September 22 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and on September 25 at noon, there will be an Inaugural Mass at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel on campus. The Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington and Chancellor, will celebrate Mass in honor of Chillo’s inauguration.

It is open to the entire community but seating is limited. RSVP for this event here.

The Installation Ceremony will take place at Connor Convocation Center on campus on September 25 at 3 p.m. Bishop Foys and Chair of the Board of Trustees Judith A. Marlow will participate in the installation.

RSVP here.

A reception will immediately follow on the Chapel Lawn — or in Steigerwald Hall in case of rain.

On September 26, the 24th Annual Bishop William A. Hughes Awards dinner will be held at Dress Pavilion in DevourPark. The award celebration honors Bishop Foys for significant contributions to Catholic higher education. It starts at 6 p.m. and tickets may be purchased here.

Finally, there will be a Pig Roast on the TMU campus on September 29 from 5-8 p.m. and this does require an RSVP. Students, alumni and friends of TMU will wrap up a week of fun surrounding the installation of President Chillo. It’s a family-friendly event with food, music and games.

Before coming to TMU on June 1, Chillo served as the president of Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, since 2014, where he was also a professor of humanities and taught first-year seminar and courses in American History.

A first-generation college graduate, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Binghamton University, a Master of Public Administration at Long Island University, and a Doctor of Law and Policy at Northeastern University.

With more than 25 years of private, higher education experience, prior to Newbury, his past positions include senior leadership roles at Colby-Sawyer College, Wheelock College, and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

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