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Fr. Thomas Curran, S.J.

Trustee Member

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  • Board of Trustees

Bio

The Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., began his tenure as the 14th president of Rockhurst University on June 1, 2006. Fr. Curran was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1984. In late 2011, he entered a three-year transitional period as part of the process to become a member of the "least society" – the Jesuits. In May 2015, Fr. Curran made his final vows to complete the process and was fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

Fr. Curran is well-grounded in the philosophy of Jesuit higher education. In addition to earning degrees from two Jesuit universities, he previously served as associate vice president for university relations and assistant to the president at Regis University in Denver. Before joining Regis, Fr. Curran served as president of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, a Catholic high school operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. While in that role, he founded Nativity Preparatory School, a middle school for low-income boys, where he also served as executive director.

At Rockhurst University, Fr. Curran has guided a strengthened focus on mission and values and established a number of social justice initiatives, including the Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity, which provides comprehensive career and financial services to the community, and the Chillicothe Companions program, which offers Rockhurst University courses to incarcerated women and staff at the Chillicothe Correctional Center.

Fr. Curran's wide variety of interests is apparent in his educational background. He holds a B.A. in politics from DeSales University, an M.A. in theology from DeSales School of Theology, an M.A. in liberal studies, public policy and government from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, and an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph's University.

In November 2021, the Jewish Community Relations Bureau will honor Fr. Curran with its Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award for his work to pursue equity on campus and throughout the Kansas City community. Among his additional honors and awards are the Monsignor Thomas J. Reese Award for Outstanding Community Service from Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington; the St. Thomas More Award from the St. Thomas More Law Society, Wilmington, Delaware.; a City Council Commendation and a Mayor's Service Award, both from Wilmington; and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.