President’s Welcome

President Chillo in the TMU chapel

It is a great honor and my distinct privilege to serve as Thomas More University’s 15th president. Rooted in values, faith, and Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Thomas More is ready to be a regional and national beacon for Catholic higher education.

As a first-generation college student, my parents taught me the importance of hard work and doing right by others. As a servant leader, I believe that mission touches all aspects of our efforts, and the needs of our community must be first and foremost in our work here at the University.

The educational experience at Thomas More is unique because of our mission to challenge all students to examine the ultimate meaning of life, their place in the world, and their responsibility to others. With a commitment to inclusivity, academic excellence, and elevation of academic and athletic programs, the transformative power of a Thomas More education is exciting and relevant as we envision our future.

Our momentum is strong. Looking ahead, we will build upon our transition to University, move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and, soon, we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary. These milestones give us great excitement to recognize our past, but more importantly, it gives us an opportunity to forge our future and destiny as a great Catholic university.

As you explore Thomas More, I hope you will choose to connect with a member of our Admissions team, schedule a campus visit, delve into our countless academic offerings, and read a few of the compelling stories about our students, alumni, faculty, and staff on our online Moreover.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!


Dr. Joseph L. Chillo


Vision Statement

As Thomas More University fulfills its stated mission, we envision our school clearly known for its commitment to academic excellence in the liberal arts and in career preparation. To achieve our mission, we resolve to maintain a student/faculty ratio that permits small classes, individual attention, and close faculty relationships.

As a necessary foundation, we will develop an endowment sufficient to support high quality academic and extracurricular programs while we minimize tuition increases.

In response to the spirit of our University community, we will provide an atmosphere of openness, honesty, trust, and respect that is ever apparent to ourselves and to visitors alike.

Ultimately, we at Thomas More University have committed ourselves to the integrity, concern for justice, and service to others for which our Spiritual Patron and namesake – Saint Thomas More – is so justly renowned.