Dr. Thomas Mahoney '90MERIT AWARD

Dr. Thomas Mahoney

Class of 1990


Spouse’s name

Angela Schlueter Mahoney ’91

Major(s)/minor(s) while at Millikin

Mathematics - Major

Physical Education – Minor

Other degree(s), including awarding institutions

Loyola University, Master of Education in Administration and Supervision - Spring 1992

Western Illinois University, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), Spring 2017

Current employer and job title

Oregon Community Unit School District 222, Superintendent

Why did you choose to attend Millikin?

I chose Millikin as a result of my interactions with staff members Doug Neibuhr, Carl Poelker and Mike Poe. In addition, my high school football coach, Chris Andriano, was an alum.  After meeting them and visiting the campus, it just felt right.

What activities did you participate in while a student at Millikin?

Football, Wrestling, Student Education Association, Math Education Association and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin?

  • I married the love of my life (Angela Schlueter Mahoney, class of 1991) and have two daughters who are my inspiration.
  • I have presented at the state and national level on topics related to education leadership.
  • I was named the 2015-16 Superintendent of Distinction by the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
  • I was a founding member of the MU Football Alumni Advisory Board.
  • I was the founder of the Millikin Alumni Educational Administrators School of Education Interview Boot Camp.

Apart from supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite pastime?
Angela and I enjoy traveling, working out, hiking and walking our dogs!

What Millikin professor or staff member made the greatest impact on you, and why?

There are many who did, but three stand out. Mike Poe for his immeasurable patience with me as I matured, Carl Poelker who saw more in me than I could see in myself, and Joe Huston who provided structure and accountability that led to a life-changing experience for me.

What is your most memorable Millikin experience?
Meeting and getting engaged to my wife, Angela (class of ’91). To this day her smile lights up my heart.

What is one concept you learned at Millikin that you use regularly?
As a leader, your job is to grow your people and people do not always grow at the same pace. You must be able to support them as they develop as leaders with kindness and accountability. When you see more in them than they can see you themselves, you have to be the bridge to get them to their potential.

What advice would you give to current MU students about preparing for life after graduation?
Embrace the “suck.” Everyone goes through experiences that are just not fun and are often painful.  It is those who can embrace those moments that grow the most from them and are most likely not have to endure them again.

Name(s) and age(s) of your children, as of 10/01/22

Maisie Mahoney, 28

Delaney Mahoney, 25