Thomas Kiely



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Thomas Kiely directs the Institute for Catholic Leadership at Marquette University. The ICL helps to develop the mission effectiveness and leadership practices of Catholic schools. Prior to this role he served as a principal, a religious studies chair and teacher, and directed both an International Baccalaureate Program and an Advanced Placement Program. He holds master’s degrees from Georgetown University and from the Catholic University of America as well as a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown, and was honored with a doctor of humane letters degree from Mt. St. Mary’s University for his work in preparing students for collegiate study. He has written about contemplation and action in the Catholic tradition, the interplay of different advocacies and public policy in Catholic education, and about integral education in Catholic schools. He and his wife Joan, a nurse practitioner in Ob/Gyn, live on the East Side of Milwaukee and have 2 children, Rebecca who is 25 and works at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, and Michael who is 22 and is a graduate student who works in exercise physiology and biomechanical research at Marquette.