Thomas J. Herlehy, '68
Dr. Thomas Herlehy, '68 certainly has lived out the Jesuit mission of setting the world on fire. With more than 30 years of senior management experience in leading teams to achieve successful results on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded projects in cross-cultural environments, Tom is a true "Man for Others," helping to ensure that people from every walk of life can have food in their bellies and money in their pockets.
A 1979 Fulbright Scholarship recipient, Tom received his Ph.D. in African History and Economics from Boston University. He began his international development career in The Gambia, working for the USAID Mission between 1985-89 and with the USDA before becoming an Agricultural Development Officer.
Tom has worked in the Ukraine, Egypt, and Kenya. Prior to joining Land O'Lakes in 2009, Tom was the Chief of part of the West Africa Trade Hub, where he led a team of 20 professionals strengthening the ability of West African firms in 21 countries to produce and export goods, utilizing the special provision of the U.S. Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).
In 2010, Tom designed and managed the implementation of a three-year pilot project in Kenya, based on the successful model in the U.S., to facilitate the adoption of sound farm management technologies and new technologies by more than 2,400 farmers.
Today, Tom works as a private, independent consultant, solving agricultural development issues around the globe.
The Fr. Noonan Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding alumni. The McQuaid Alumni Association established the award in 1992 in honor of Richard P. Noonan, S.J., principal of McQuaid from 1966-67, and revered alumni director from 1969 until his retirement in 1995.