Arlington, Va.—Thomas Moran, chairman of the board of Mutual of America, will receive the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for his benevolent corporate sponsorship within the Archdiocese of New York. The award will be presented during the 22nd annual Seton Awards ceremony Oct. 1 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
The Seton Award is NCEA’s highest honor, given in recognition of significant contributions to Catholic education. The award is named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), the first native-born American saint.
Thomas J. Moran
Tom Moran has a passion for philanthropy and volunteerism. Moran has been recognized for his humanitarian work in Northern Ireland, Haiti and Africa, from which he derives incredible optimism and confidence. As chairman of Concern Worldwide (US), he is a witness to the great good performed around the world when people genuinely care.
He is a champion for educational organizations such as the Inner City Scholarship Fund, the Archdiocese of New York Office of Catholic Schools and the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, N.Y. Moran serves on the boards of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation and the New York Catholic Foundation.
Moran credits much of his personal success to his Catholic education. He began his career with Mutual of America in 1975 and has been chief executive officer and president since 1994 and chairman of the board since 2005. His predecessor and mentor, William Flynn, also is a Seton honoree. Mutual of America has specialized in providing retirement products to nonprofit organizations for more than 65 years. Moran has inculcated a tradition of outreach within the company. One hundred percent of his employees participate in some form of volunteerism or financial support to the wider community. The company sponsors an annual Community Partnership Award and provides generous financial support to numerous Catholic institutions throughout the United States.
This year’s other Seton Award recipients are:
- Robert A. Conway, Cincinnati, philanthropist and co-founder of The Bistro Group, for his expansive support of Catholic educational institutions in Greater Cincinnati.
- Chuck and Nan Geschke, Los Altos, Calif., for their ongoing leadership and philanthropic contributions to post-secondary Catholic education.
- Leigh-Anne Kazma, Chicago, who has dedicated her career to the patronage of Catholic education through the generous efforts of the Kazma Family Foundation.
- Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, who has renewed and revitalized Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston.
- Lorraine Ozar, associate professor of education at Loyola University Chicago, will receive the NCEA President’s Award for her vision and leadership in the development of effective Catholic school curricula and instruction.
For reservations or additional information about the Seton Awards, contact Xaverian Brother Stephen Comeau at (571) 257-2891.
NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. NCEA's members include elementary schools, high schools, parish religious education programs and seminaries.