Tom Tenges ’70—
Leader, Mentor, and Friend of Moravian College—Retires

Tom Tenges ’70 received a warm farewell from Moravian colleagues and friends, who gathered for his retirement send-off last week. Photos by Eddie Flaherty ’12.

Moravians gathered last week to reminisce with, appreciate, and honor Tom Tenges ’70 on the eve of his retirement from a career devoted to the advancement of higher education.  

Since 1999, Tom served as the executive director of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). Previously, he was executive director of institutional advancement at Delaware College and vice president of development at Moravian College, where he held administrative positions for nearly fifteen years. He also served as a Moravian College Board Trustee and president of the Alumni Association Board; he received the Medallion of Merit in 1994.

Tom has held a long list of leadership positions with local businesses, civic organizations, and colleges. In March, he received the Arthur V. Ciervo Award from The Association of Communicators in Education, given to a public relations professional or higher education advocate who supports and advances the understanding of higher education.

"Tom personifies the Moravian College mission," said President Thomforde at the April 2 retirement reception. "As vice president and director of development, Tom brought a calm, steady, and intelligent approach that was of great value during a difficult time for the College.

"I've gotten to know Tom in his role as executive director of LVAIC—around a conference table of six college presidents, trying to get us to work together for the benefit of students. He has done a marvelous job. The benefits can be seen in classrooms and at conferences, in purchasing, in a series of tours, and much more. We are grateful for his services to Moravian College and to LVAIC."  

Friends and colleagues chimed in with additional praise. "Under Tom's direction, LVAIC grew enormously," said Patty Reich, LVAIC director of business services. "We saved millions of dollars through joint purchasing—everything from fuel oil to software."

"Tom has a great sense of humor and the best interpersonal skills of almost anyone I know," added Bertie Knisely ’69, director of leadership giving.

"I've known Tom since 1986, when we worked together in Colonial Hall," said Mary Ann Williams, LVAIC director of administrative services. "When he asked me to work for him at LVAIC in ’99, I happily said 'yes.' It has been such a pleasure to work with him."

President Thomforde presented Tom with a large Moravian star on behalf of the College. "I arrived on the Moravian campus in the summer of 1966 and never left,” replied Tom, who earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1970. "I expect to continue to return often. Thank you for your friendship over the years, and good luck to you all."