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Esteemed VSB Professor Named Dean Emeritus

Esteemed VSB Professor Named Dean Emeritus

VILLANOVA, Pa. - On May 9, The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, announced the appointment of Thomas F. Monahan, the John M. Cooney Endowed Professor of Accountancy & Information Systems, as Dean Emeritus of the Villanova School of Business (VSB).  

This honor has been bestowed upon Dr. Monahan in recognition of his numerous accomplishments as dean of VSB for seven years, as well as his 10-plus years of continued service thereafter. Dr. Monahan has been a valued member of the Villanova faculty for more than 30 years. Among his numerous accomplishments during his tenure as dean from 1996 to 2003, Monahan initiated two master’s programs; adopted a new strategic plan built around the concepts of globalization, technology, ethics and experiential learning; and oversaw major renovations and facility improvements to Bartley Hall. He continues to serve as faculty director for the Executive MBA (EMBA) program.

“For more than 30 years, students have known Dr. Monahan to be one of the most dynamic and engaged members of the VSB faculty,” said Rev. Donohue. “His leadership as dean, as a faculty member, as faculty director of the EMBA program and as a member of the Villanova community have been extraordinary.”

Dr. Monahan has won teaching awards at both LaSalle University and Villanova, and is a recipient of the IMS Distinguished Faculty Member award. His research interests include capital budgeting, finance and strategy in decision making, evaluation and reward systems and models of accounting education. Dr. Monahan has also served as a consultant to more than 30 Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe and Asia.

“This is the first time in the history of the University that this honor has been given,” said Patrick G. Maggitti, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB. “It is a notable and very well-deserved recognition for Dr. Monahan.”

“I am honored to be named Dean Emeritus of the Villanova Business School; however, this honor can be attributed to the hard work and commitment of our administration, faculty and staff during my tenure as dean,” said Dr. Monahan. “Also, being able to build on the great contributions of prior deans made any accomplishments our team enjoyed possible.  Finally, I would like to thank Father Peter Donohue and Dean Maggitti for this recognition and for accelerating the great progress made at the University and VSB in recent years.”

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, the Center for the Study of Church Management & Business Ethics and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.