Inaugural Community Leadership Dinner

Apr 24, 2014

Good evening! Tonight is certainly an outstanding occasion, which demonstrates the commitment that each of you have to ensuring Marywood University’s bold future. It is also a fitting recognition of a truly remarkable man, Jack Tighe, whose professional accomplishments and community leadership make him the perfect honoree for this evening’s celebration.

I first want to extend my deepest thanks to the many who worked tirelessly to make this event possible: trustees, community leaders, vendors, friends of the University, faculty, administration, and staff—who volunteered their time, generously provided sponsorships and program ads, and demonstrated their enthusiasm and dedication by attending tonight and making this inaugural dinner such a resounding success. I especially want to recognize the Co-chairs of this event, our esteemed trustees, Pat Brier and Mary Ellen McDonough; they have been so diligent and so dedicated in all they have done to plan this celebration. Special thanks, also, to Michael Bugno, a wonderful alumnus and trustee, who headed the logistics committee for tonight’s program and who has been serving as our charming Master of Ceremonies this evening.

Additionally, I want to express my appreciation to Collier Parker, Dean of the Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts, and Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan, IHM, retired Professor and Chair of the Art Department, who, along with Sondra Myers and Lois Kearney, organized the extraordinary Art Auction.

To these individuals, to our extraordinary staff,  and to so many more, who made this remarkable evening possible, I express my sincere gratitude; it certainly takes the efforts of many to successfully plan an event of this magnitude—I think all of you deserve a hearty round of applause.

Tonight’s honoree is also one of our distinguished trustees, Jack Tighe.

I will convey more about his professional accomplishments and community contributions shortly, but, right now, we are going to share a special video presentation, “Made in Dunmore,” that gives a more personal glimpse at Jack Tigue—his origins in this community, his family, and his bold leadership.

<<VIDEO SEGMENT PLAYS>>

Jack, by whatever name you are called, you have truly built a wonderful life, personally and professionally, and we are indeed thankful for you, your bold heart, and your bold leadership. As a native son of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Jack has certainly remained true to his roots, but he has built a professional career that extends far beyond the valley region and has had a tremendous national impact.

Jack is the Founder, President, and CEO of TMG Health, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of solutions to government sponsored health plans. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, he also holds a Master of Business Administration from Villanova University. Jack served in the late Governor Robert Casey’s administration, where he helped develop Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and co-founded the Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Trust Fund.

Upon leaving the Governor’s office, he worked as the Senior Vice President of Government Programs for Independence Blue Cross, where he was responsible for the development and operation of IBC’s Medicare and Medicaid HMO businesses. With considerable experience in both healthcare and government programs to guide him, Jack saw the potential for a company that wouldn’t be owned by an insurance company—one that could partner with insurance companies to bring them the expertise on how to run Medicare and Medicaid health plans. With this ground-breaking vision, he founded TMG Health in 1998.

Jack remembered the “great work ethic” of the people of Northeast Pennsylvania when it was time to find a location for the bulk of his company—which employs more than 1,300 people in the Scranton area alone. With its corporate headquarters in King of Prussia, a huge facility in the Scranton area, and offices in Pittsburgh and Amarillo, Texas, TMG Health has helped to guide its clients through the changing landscape of healthcare reform and will continue to grow and provide the unparalleled quality and attention that its clients have come to expect. Under Jack’s leadership, TMG Health provides administrative support for more than 3.6 million Medicare and Medicaid members, generating the equivalent of $8.6 billion in annual premium revenue for the company’s clients.                                                                       

Throughout these many professional accomplishments, Jack has remained philanthropically active, having served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for its Communities in Charge initiative, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health.

He has received the “Spirit of Caring Chairman’s Award” from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Jack also serves on the Board of Directors for the Scranton Area Foundation, and, of course, on the Board of Trustees at Marywood University. He is a Past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Business Council. Additionally, Jack has remained active at his alma mater, currently serving on the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. His achievements in local economic development also have won him numerous accolades from various organizations.

Indeed, Jack Tighe has dedicated his life to being a leader—innovating improvements in the healthcare sector, government programs, and non-profit organizations. His focused, steady leadership has successfully guided the rapid growth of TMG Health and made a positive difference in the lives of so many in this region and across the country.

During his trusteeship at Marywood, Jack has demonstrated this same enthusiasm in the area of healthcare education. He sees and understands Marywood’s nearly 100-year commitment to the life of this community and to the life of the world. This dedication to wellness and to wholeness is part of our mission, it is reflected in our values, and it is demonstrated through academic programs like Physician Assistant, Nutrition and Dietetics, Health Services Administration, Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Music and Art Therapy, Psychology/Counseling, Health and Physical Education, Social Work, and our leading Science programs, such as Biotechnology. These professional programs fulfill a societal need, especially in this region.

For nearly a century, Marywood has endeavored to educate and develop caring, compassionate, and competent healthcare professionals, who serve this community and beyond with bold hearts—ready to heal, ready to lead, and ready to empower. It is our enduring mission to ensure that these bold leaders, innovators, and healers can continue to devote their lives and their livelihoods to fostering healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy spirits—in Northeast Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

Jack Tighe understands Marywood’s abiding commitment to healthcare education, because it is one that he himself has demonstrated—and he is dedicated to expanding it. A true leader in every sense of the word, he wants to further promote and advance this vital promise for future generations.

It is fitting, then, that the Inaugural Community Leadership “Lead On” Award, in recognition of Healthcare Education and in support of Marywood’s bold future, should be bestowed upon Jack Tighe, an innovator in the healthcare field and a visionary community leader who values and advances the cause of education.

<<PRESENTATION OF AWARD>>

Thank you, Jack, and congratulations on this well-deserved honor. As we get to the final portion of this evening’s program, I just want to thank you once more, for your investment in this community and for your enthusiastic support of Marywood University.

As you know, the proceeds from this evening’s event will support the centerpiece of our Bold Heart Campaign—the Learning Commons. Our Centennial milestone is less than a year from now, and, already, we have begun the important work of preparing for Marywood’s strong future; that’s what the Bold Heart Campaign is…a framework of strength and purpose that will shape Marywood’s second century of service and education.

The Learning Commons project is the most visible manifestation of this meaningful vision. Our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community will find access, not only to a wealth of information, but also to the rich relationships that will shape their actions…their lives…their futures. Marywood University has always been a forward-looking, forward-thinking institution. The new Learning Commons will serve as clear evidence of this. As the intellectual and social heart of campus, it will create a new paradigm for the 21st century library.

Each one of you here this evening is helping us to realize this bold vision, and I offer you my deepest appreciation on behalf of Marywood University and its students. I encourage your continued partnership with us on this most exciting journey. As I often say, together, our bold hearts can do great things!